The Ministry of Interior’s prison department pardoned 118 prisoners on Wednesday and granted 525 other inmates conditional releases, according to state media.
On a regular basis, the department holds committees to examine the files of prisoners across the nation to determine the most suitable cases that deserve pardoning.
This comes within the framework of the Ministry of Interior’s keenness to uphold the values of human rights and the application of penal policies in a modern approach, and to provide various aspects of care for inmates, especially in communicating with their families.
The ministry grants pardons to prisoners on a regular basis, usually coinciding with major religious and national occasions.
According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the cabinet.
Last week, the ministry pardoned 645 prisoners and granted conditional release for 512 prisoners.
In January, the ministry released about 477 prisoners on the occasion of National Police Day and the anniversary of the 25 January revolution. In October 2017, Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar granted prisoners an exceptional visit, in celebration of the anniversary of the October War of 1973.