A first batch of imprisoned debtors in Egypt, comprising 75 men and women, will leave prison on Thursday, Tarek El-Khouli, a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee member said.
The meeting has tackled the government’s efforts to eliminate the phenomenon of debtors, in light of the presidential initiative “Egypt without Debtors,” Rady said.
A draft law on penalties alternative to prison has been referred to a committee of lawmakers in hopes that such law would spare debtors jail time.
A recent study issued by the Egyptian Center for Thought and Strategic Studies shed the light on the phenomenon of debtors in Egypt, who end up in prison.
A total of 20,188 male and female debtors have been released from prison, 19,490 pardoned be the president.
Many Egyptian mothers ended up being in prison because of them being the sole breadwinner of the family.
Prison Authority held a celebration on Tuesday, first day of Eid El-Adha, to announce the names of released debtors.
A total of 405 prisoners were released on Thursday per a presidential pardon, while 478 others were granted conditional release.
President Sisi announced Friday that he has ordered the interior ministry to release all imprisoned debtors after paying all their debts through Tahya Misr fund
A total of 2,110 prisoners were released on Friday per a presidential pardon, while 677 others were out on conditional release.
Parliament is set to consider a new draft law that would involve women debtors in community service as an alternative penalty to imprisonment.