Muslim brotherhood detainees will not be placed on pardon lists: Tarek El-Khouly

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The Detained Youth Committee will not place any person belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group on their recommended list of pardons, according to committee member Tarek El-Khouly.

He asserted there will be no reconciliation with the brotherhood. The committee has declared several times in the past that they would exclude the group.

El-Khouly, who is also member of the parliament (MP), said that the presidential committee has received letters from a number of current prisoners seeking pardon, as they have renounced from the group, and that the committee will not accept such cases.

The MP asserted that individuals belonging to the group represent risk to the society and caused a number of troubles for the state’s national security.

Daily News Egypt has attempted to contact El-Khouly for clarification of the reasons for the declaration, the number of cases they received from MB prisoners, and the way people renounce from the group inside prison, but he was not reachable for comment.

This came following calls for the committee to reconsider the status of student Ayman Mousa, after circulation of photos on social media platforms showing him studying inside the prison.

Mousa has been imprisoned three years ago, having been handed a 15 year prison sentence for protesting with brotherhood supporters in 2013.

The committee has submitted three lists of pardon to the presidency, amid a report in preparation for a second group of detainees to be granted pardons. However, the second list is yet to be announced by the presidency.

The Detained Youth Committee was established based on recommendations made during the National Youth Conference that took place last October. During the conference, veteran politician Osama Al-Ghazali Harb called on the president to release young detainees.

The Muslim Brotherhood was labelled as a terrorist organisation in 2013, following a court decision that banned the group and held them accountable under Article 86 of the Egyptian penal code.

 

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