Sunday,21 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1395, (24 - 30 May 2018)
Sunday,21 April, 2019
Issue 1395, (24 - 30 May 2018)

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

More prisoners freed 

PRESIDENT Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has pardoned 332 prisoners on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. 

While Al-Sisi cannot interfere in the judicial process, he has the right to give pardons to those who received sentences that cannot be appealed. In the last two years he has issued several pardons usually on national and religious holidays. They included activists who received prison sentences related to illegal assembly and protest as well as prisoners with health problems. The overall number of those pardoned is close to 1,000.

The list of pardons is usually recommended by the Detained Youth Committee formed at the end of 2016. Tasked with reconsidering the legal status of young prisoners, it is headed by politician and member of the Free Egyptians Party Osama Al-Ghazali Harb and includes writer Nashwa Al-Houfi and MP Tarek Al-Khouli.

In November 2016, President Al-Sisi announced the first presidential pardons, pardoning 82 detainees, including TV presenter Islam Beheri who was charged with “contempt of Islam”. A second list was declared in March 2017, pardoning 203 detainees. The list included five journalists. In June 2017, Al-Sisi announced pardoning 502 detainees. On the anniversary of the 6 October War, 244 prisoners were freed after receiving a presidential pardon. On Police National Day and the anniversary of the January Revolution in 2018, 477 detainees were freed.

Tripartite meeting on Libya 

THE FOREIGN ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria called on all Libyan parties to make more concessions to reach the consensus required to end the transitional phase in Libya. The call was made in a final communiqué of Arab states neighbouring Libya and meeting in the Algerian capital on Monday.

The ministers emphasised the importance of creating the suitable circumstances to implement the international roadmap without delay.

They agreed at the end of the meeting to continue security coordination among the three countries in order to assess the threats posed by the stability of Libya and other neighbouring countries by terrorist organisations.

The meeting, attended by Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, comes in the framework of regular meetings of the tripartite initiative to discuss the latest Libyan affairs, means to support the Libyan people on the political and security fronts to achieve the desired national consensus and advance the political solution, as the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid stated.

The meeting, Abu Zeid added, comes at a time of “great significance” during which international efforts are being intensified to break the stalemate hampering Libya’s political path and to complete the roadmap through holding parliamentary and presidential elections.

The three ministers agreed to hold their next meeting in Cairo. A date has not yet been set.

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