Egypt: President Mursi pardons all ‘revolution’ detainees

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Cairo: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Monday issued an official pardon for all inmates arrested during the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Massive protests in Tahrir square of Cairo and other places across the country helped topple the long-term dictatorship of ex-president Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian Army and other law enforcement authorities arrested hundreds of people demanding the ouster of the dictator.

According to Egyptian media reports, a decree published on the presidency’s official Facebook page announced the amnesty for deeds “committed with the aim of supporting the revolution and bringing about its objectives, in the period January 25, 2011 to June 30, 2012, with the exception of crimes of first-degree murder.”

The amnesty declaration covers people who already have convictions and those who are still under investigation or are on trial, according to the decree.

It comes 100 days after Morsi, who emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood, became the first freely elected president of Egypt and its first civilian head of state when he took office in June.

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