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Egypt’s Presidency Pardons 100 Including Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam

Cairo — Activists Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam and journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy are among 100 granted a presidential pardon on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the presidency.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the release from prison of 100 people convicted for violating the protest law, as well as other given health amnesty.

Egypt will observe the Islamic Eid holiday on Thursday. Presidential pardons are regularly issued ahead of national holidays to allow detainees to spend them with their families.

The presidency is expected to pardon 358 others on Thursday.

Egypt’s protest law has long been the epicentre of wide criticism by domestic and international human rights organisations which say it violates international standards for peaceful protest.

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