Prosecution probes pardons Morsy granted to Islamists

The Public Prosecution has started investigating reports filed by lawyers and rights activists in which they accuse ousted President Mohamed Morsy of abusing his powers by releasing a large number of Islamist prisoners.

The prosecution has asked the Interior Ministry to provide it with a list of the names of those who received a presidential pardon as well as the charges that had originally been levelled against them.

Nezar Ghorab, a lawyer, said three members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organisation who were convicted for the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat were among those pardoned by Morsy.