Detained Youth Committee to present a new list after World Youth Forum
Selected defendants will include students and female prisoners
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