Committee finishes examining cases of military detainees

A presidential committee tasked with investigating the case of civilians convicted in military trials between 25 January 2011 and 30 June 2012 said it has finished investigating the pleas for military detainees and will begin investigating civilians convicted by civilian  courts during the same period.

The announcement follows President Mohamed Morsy's recent acquittal of a second wave of civilians convicted in military trials.

Hundreds of prisoners were released in July as part of President Mohamed Morsy’s pardon for civilians who had been tried before military courts in events related to last year’s protests and uprising.

Spokesperson for the committee and member of the Committee to Protect Personal Rights Mahmoud Fawzy  said the committee inspected 500 out of 1080 pleas received by the National Council for Human Rights.

In the coming weeks, the committee will begin looking into cases of people convicted by civilian courts during the same period, Fawzy told al-Masry al-Youm.

The presidential committee lauded Morsy's most recent pardon of 58 people convicted in military trials.

The committee announced that it has started inspecting 2165 cases of people convicted in military trials.

It recommended the acquittal of 572 convicts and to alleviate sentences of 16 others. In a second stage it recommended the acquittal of 58 others.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm 

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