De­tained Youth Com­mit­tee to present a new list af­ter World Youth Fo­rum

Se­lected de­fen­dants will in­clude stu­dents and fe­male pris­on­ers

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The De­tained Youth Com­mit­tee will present an­other list to Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi in or­der to is­sue a pres­i­den­tial pardon, af­ter the end of the World Youth Fo­rum.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, Tarek Al-Khouly said the list will in­clude im­pris­oned youth who are not in­volved in vi­o­lence-re­lated cases, and who are mem­bers of ter­ror­ist groups.

Dur­ing his speech in the World Youth Fo­rum, Al-Sisi he re­ceived de­mands to re­vise the sta­tus of im­pris­oned youth

The com­mit­tee will be work­ing on fourth list and will re­ceive and re­vise dif­fer­ent cases. How­ever Mus­lim Broth­er­hood pris­on­ers are ex­cluded from the com­mit­tee’s work, El-Khouly said. He pre­vi­ously as­serted there will be no rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the broth­er­hood.

The De­tained Youth Com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished based on rec­om­men­da­tions made dur­ing the Na­tional Youth Con­fer­ence that took place in Oc­to­ber. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, veteran politi­cian Osama Al-Ghaz­ali Harb called on the pres­i­dent to re­lease young de­tainees.

The first list was re­leased in early Novem­ber and par­doned 82 pris­on­ers from a list that orig­i­nally in­cluded 83 pris­on­ers.

This com­mit­tee faced great crit­i­cism by politi­cians and mem­bers of the civil so­ci­ety, who viewed its mem­ber as not qual­i­fied for de­cid­ing on par­dons, es­pe­cially since they do not have a strong le­gal back­ground. Ad­di­tion­ally, a num­ber of the com­mit­tee’s mem­bers are known for their re­luc­tance to re­lease po­lit­i­cal de­tainees.

MP Tarek El-Khouly as­serted that the new list will be dis­cussed af­ter the on­go­ing World Youth Fo­rum

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