The Saudi Press Agency said that the prisoners due for release are unable to pay their legally prescribed fines so that they can return to Egypt
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered that a number of Egyptian citizens jailed in the kingdom be pardoned and released, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
The order came a day before the king arrived in Egypt to attend a joint conference of the Arab League and European Union.
According to the SPA, the Egyptian prisoners to be pardoned were involved “in a number of different cases in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures in force or in violation of the rules of residency who are unable to pay the legally prescribed fines so that they can return to their country.”
The SPA report noted that Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi “valued this noble gesture” which reflects “the great care paid by the kingdom’s leadership to Egypt’s government and people.”