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Egypt to release 1,118 prisoners following presidential pardon

August 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Egyptian authorities today announced the release of 1,188 prisoners after a presidential pardon was issued for the second time in a week.

It is unknown whether any of those released were being held on political grounds, however, the Ministry of the Interior said  395 inmates were to be released as a result of the pardon and a further 723 received conditional release.

Conditional release often means the detainees must have served the minimum term in jail.

In May, Al-Sisi pardoned 332 prisoners accused of taking part in demonstrations.

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