20 July 2012

Egypt: Morsi Issues Decree to Release 572 Detainees Convicted By Military Court

Photo: Al Jazeera
Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first elected President.

Morsi issued a decree to release 572 detainees convicted by military courts and reduce the sentence of 16 others from life to seven years in jail.

Mahmoud Fawzi, member of the committee formed to review all the cases of prisoners sentenced by military courts, said the cases of the remaining detainees are being considered and will be listed in the coming decrees.

The committee listed all civilians convicted by military judiciary since the beginning of the January 25 revolution till the power handover on June 30, he said.

Fawzi said the committee coordinated with all concerned authorities, praising the cooperation of all the sides to facilitate the work of the panel.

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