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Egypt’s president pardons 560 people including prominent journalist

Egypt’s president pardons 560 people including prominent journalist

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pardoned 560 prisoners, including a prominent journalist who had criticized the establishment.

The pardons, announced in the official gazette on Thursday, coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Journalist Abdel Halim Qandil was sentenced to three years in absentia in December 2017 for “insulting the judiciary,” AP reported. He surrendered in October 2018 as Egypt’s highest appeals court upheld his verdict.

Qandil was tried in a case that included 17 other defendants, among them ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, on the same charges.