Egypt’s President Pardons Revolutionaries


Photo courtesy of WikiMediaCommons / The Egyptian Liberal

Through his official facebook page, Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi announced on Monday that he will be issuing amnesty to those who participated in the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. According to BBC News, this action could signal the release of more than one-thousand revolutionaries who are currently in custody.

The Washington Post reports that the pardon spans from the first day of the revolution (January 25, 2011) until June 30th of this year, when President Mursi took office. Although the terms are still somewhat ambiguous, the pardon applies to crimes “committed with the aim of supporting the revolution,” wit the exception of murder. As of Monday afternoon, hundreds of prisoners have already been released.

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