August 14, 2016
Among those freed were human rights lawyer, Mahinour al-Masry and journalist Yousif Shaaban who were jailed for “storming” an Alexandria police station in 2013.
The two were sentenced with a 20 year sentence along with eight others on charges of “protesting without authorisation, damaging property” and “injuring policemen” however a retrial in May 2015 saw the defendants sentenced to a decreased 15 months.
While imprisoned, El-Masry was awarded the 2014 Ludovic Trarieux Award for her contributions to the defence of human rights.
In January, a source told The New Arab that Egypt’s President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi was expected to issue pardons for 100 convicts on the anniversary of the January 25 revolution, in an attempt to ward of mass anti-government protests.
The 2015 pardons that included some imprisoned revolutionaries and left-wing activists did not boost Sisi’s popularity among these groups.