Prisoners released per presidential pardon in 2018 – FILE
CAIRO – 9 Juny 2021: The Egyptian Cabinet has approved a presidential decision to pardon a number of prisoners on the occasion of Muslim’s Al-Adha Feast and the 69th anniversary of the 23 July Revolution, 1952.
Prisoners meeting the conditions of the presidential pardon are included in the decision.
Presidential pardons 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.
Thousands of prisoners have been released over the past years as per a presidential pardon.