Egypt’s prison authority, which operates under the auspices of the interior ministry, has ordered the release of 885 prisoners from all 42 detention centres across the country.
The move comes ahead of Egypt’s Sinai Liberation Day celebrations on 25 April.
Head of the prison authority Mohamed Nagy stated the Ministry of Interior had pardoned 885 prisoners from completing the rest of their punishments. However, their exact names and charges were not mentioned.
In January, a similar move was taken by the prison authority in celebration of Egypt’s 2011 January 25 Revolution, initially marked as Police Day, where 143 prisoners were released.