CAIRO, NNC - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 712 prisoners. State news agency MENA and security sources said Wednesday (6/6/2018), many of those released were youths imprisoned from anti-government protests..
Since coming to power in 2014, Sisi has led a massive offensive against the enemies of Islamists and liberal activists whom human rights groups said were the worst periods of political oppression in Egyptian history.
He has issued pardons several times a year, including on holidays, often freeing students and protesters.
Egypt in 2013 passed a law requiring permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs for every public meeting of more than 10 people, effectively ending mass protests that helped to shift two presidents in the three-year span beginning in 2011.
Sisi is a former military leader who ousted elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013, after mass protests against his government. Critics said public dissent continue to be pressed as a policy issue under Sisi.