Egypt releases 34 political prisoners as part of new reform

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February 8, 2011 18:23

 
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Egypt released 34 political prisoners, the state news agency said, the first men set free since the government promised reforms to quell the popular uprising, reported Reuters on Tuesday.

"Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy issued an order today releasing 34 political detainees considered to be among the extremist elements, after evaluating their positions," Reuters reported the MENA agency as saying.

"They showed good intentions and expressed their desire to live peaceably with society," it added.

According to the Reuters report, the MENA agency said the political prisoners had handed themselves over to the authorities after escaping from jail during several days of disorder last month.

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