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Egypt pardons 'revolutionaries'

  • Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has pardoned individuals arrested during last year's uprising that ousted the country's former leader Hosni Mubarak.

    A post on Morsi’s official Facebook page announced an amnesty for deeds "committed with the aim of supporting the revolution".

    The order could result in the release of several thousand people.

    Mubarak stood down last February after an 18-day uprising in which hundreds of protesters were killed.

    He is currently serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty in June of failing to prevent the deaths.

    The decree applies to those arrested from January 25 2011, the first day of the revolution, until the end of June this year, when the new president took office.

    The only exception will be those accused of murder.