Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sisi pardons 100 “youth” imprisoned in protest law-related cases including Fahmy and Sanaa

Egyptian Presidency announced earlier Wednesday that Abdel Fattah El-Sisi pardoned 100 “youth” imprisoned in protest law- related cases and charges including Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam as well.
The president has issued the decision No.386 for year 2015 to pardon 100 detained in cases related to Protest law violations as well some of the humanitarian and sick cases.

The pardon includes Al-Jazeera staff, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. I think Fahmy will be deported to Canada.
Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy "Reuters"
I am happy that Baher Mohamed will return to his cute kids.
The pardon also included the 33 activists and protesters imprisoned in the Presidential palace case including Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallem.

Yara and Sanaa 
Seif and the rest of the detainees were sentenced 3 years in jail for illegal protesting-related charges. They were protesting the protest law if you forgot.
It is worth to mention that the year in jail according to the Egyptian legal system is equal to 9 months.
Interestingly El-Sisi has also pardoned 18 activists and protesters sentenced to prison in the famous case of Shura council including Hany El-Gamal and Peter Youssef.
Hany and Peter 
El-Sisi’s pardon did not include Alaa Abdel Fattah nor Mohamed Abdel Rahman.
Yes, El-Sisi did not pardon Alaa Abdel Fattah.
The Presidential pardon also included the detainees in the famous case of Raml Station in Alexandria except Mahinour El-Masry who is sentenced in another case.
Omar and Loai 
Among those detainees who were pardoned poet Omar Hazek and Loai Kahawagi who is also detained n another case . Ironically this case goes back to the time of  Morsi !!
The boys and girls are not released yet.
As much as I am happy that those boys and girls are free, I would like to remind you that they should not be in jail in the first place for unconstitutional law or for doing their job in the case of Al-Jazeera International staff. I thank them for their patience. I do not thank those who imprisoned them in the first place.
It is not about opening a new page with the revolutionary youth in Egypt.
Already yesterday, the current coordinator of April 6 Youth Amr Ali was arrested from his house in Mounfia.
The pardon did not include the ex-April 6 Youth movement coordinator Ahmed Maher or the movement co-founder Mohamed Adel or activist Ahmed Douma whose health is deteriorating.
That list of detainees pardoned allegedly is Non-Islamist famous activists and protesters presented by the close journalists to the Presidency aka “The Young journalists” including journalist Mohamed Fathy
The Pro-Sisi supporters are divided among those who are thanking him for his wisdom and those who blame him for letting those "ungrateful" youth out.
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is heading tomorrow New York next week to participate in the UNGA. He will address the UNGA this year too.
Interestingly US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tweeted about Sanaa Seif yesterday as part of the Free the 20 Campaign

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