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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 - 8:28
Egypt's President pardons all political prisoners
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Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi pardoned yesterday all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year.

The pardon covers citizens facing trial and those serving jail sentences except for those convicted of murder, the presidential spokesman said, but did not give a specific number for the pardoned prisoners.

Activists have said that thousands of civilians ended up in army courts in the security vacuum that followed the fall of Mubarak in 2011.

The campaign group No to Military Trials had said at least 5,000 political prisoners were still in jail.

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