Major General Dr. Mustafa Shehata، assistant Minister of the Interior for the Prisons Sector، said that the July 23 revolution anniversary is a celebration of the day of dignity، and an inspiration source of sacrifice، stressing that Egypt is now on the right track under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He added that، in implementation of the President’s directives، the Ministry of Interior announced on Monday the release of 683 prisoners from prison، on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of July 23 Revolution. Those are individuals who received presidential pardons and debtors whose debts were paid by Tahya Misr Fund. Most of the debtors are low-income women who failed to pay installments for some basic goods they needed like white goods. Similar initiatives have been also launched by NGOs and Egyptian citizens. As for presidential pardons، they are customary to national and religious occasions. According to article 155 of the constitution، the president is allowed to issue pardons only after a final ruling is issued. However، the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking، terrorism، drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms، “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity، and revenge killing.