Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has issued an official decree pardoning all citizens arrested during a period from January 25, 2011 to June, 2012 in connection with the revolt that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, who ruled the country for 30 years.
“The pardon covers those who are currently facing trial as well those already serving jail sentences,” the president’s administration announced on Monday.
However, the amnesty does not include those convicted of first-degree murder or unrelated crimes committed at the same time.
Monday marked 100 days of Morsi in office. The amnesty was among 60 provisions of the so-called “100 Days Program” that he pledged to implement by October 8.
Islamist Morsi was sworn in before Egypt’s highest court in Cairo on June 30 as the country’s first freely elected president to succeed Hosni Mubarak who was ousted in February 2011 in a two-week popular uprising.
The protests left more than 360 people dead and about 5,500 injured.
Mubarak, 84, was sentenced in June to life imprisonment by an Egyptian court “for failure to stop the killing of protesters by the Egyptian security forces during the revolt.”