CAIRO: Egypt launched greater than three dozen prisoners Sunday, per week earlier than the tip of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is often a time of amnesty, a political celebration and state-run media mentioned.
Political activists and relations confirmed a number of high-profile detainees had been freed.
The Reform and Growth Occasion mentioned these freed had been political prisoners being held in pre-trial detention. The English version of the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram mentioned 41 prisoners in all had been launched.
The federal government’s human rights physique mentioned in a press release solely that there had been a launch of people held in pre-trial detention however gave no particulars.
The transfer got here per week earlier than the Eid vacation marking the tip of Ramadan. It’s usually a time when prisoners are launched on presidential pardons, however the variety of these freed was one of many largest lately. 1000’s of political prisoners, nonetheless, are estimated to stay inside Egypt’s jails, many with out trial.
Among the many launched was political activist Waleed Shawky, his spouse, Heba Anees, mentioned on social media. She posted an image of the couple hugging.
Journalist Mohamed Salah was additionally launched, activist Esraa Abdel Fattah mentioned. And Nabeh Elganadi, a human rights lawyer, posted an image with Radwa Mohamed, who was arrested after making movies posted on social media criticizing President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Beneath broad counterterrorism legal guidelines, Egypt’s state prosecutors have usually used obscure prices to resume 15-day pretrial detention durations for months or years, usually with little proof.
On Sunday, Sanaa Seif, the sister of considered one of Egypt’s most high-profile detained activists, Alaa Abdel Fattah, mentioned her brother had confronted new ill-treatment in jail and he was on the 22th day of a starvation strike.
In the meantime, new arrests are nonetheless going down. On Saturday, the human rights lawyer Khaled Ali mentioned a number of males within the nation’s south had been arrested and accused of spreading lies after they sung a music about rising meals costs in a video posted on-line.
The federal government of El-Sisi — a US ally with deep financial ties to European international locations — has been relentlessly silencing dissenters and clamping down on unbiased organizations for years with arrests, detentions and jail sentences, and different restrictions.
Most of the high activists concerned within the 2011 rebellion in Egypt are actually in jail, most of them arrested beneath a draconian legislation handed in 2013 that successfully bans all road protests.