MP Mohamed Sadat announced that the Egyptian judiciary has ordered the release of 41 political prisoners, some of whom have been in pre-trial detention for years.
In a Facebook post, the MP promised “more releases,” referring to the “presidential pardons,” traditionally granted to hundreds of prisoners for the end of the month of Ramadan scheduled for early May.
Among those released on Sunday was Walid Shawky, one of the founders of the April 6 Youth Movement, which spearheaded the 2011 “revolution” that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Mr Shawky had been on hunger strike since February to protest against his three years of preventive detention, a regime legally limited to two years. But, in a technique frequently used by judges, he was declared eligible for release at that point only to be immediately charged with other offences.