President Morsi Pardons Egypt's Protesters

Those in prison or awaiting trail will be set free
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2012 5:45 PM CDT
In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.    (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

(Newser) – Good news for Egypt's revolutionaries: President Mohamed Morsi today pardoned the ones who are awaiting trial or serving time in prison, the BBC reports. Only those accused of murder are excluded. On his Facebook page, Morsi announced the pardon for acts "committed with the aim of supporting the revolution" between the revolution's first day—January 20, 2011—and June 30, 2012, when Morsi took office. The amnesty comes a year after a massacre that killed at least 20 during a protest by Coptic Christians in Cairo, reports the AFP. (Read more Mohamed Morsi stories.)

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