Egypt’s newly-elected President Mohamed Mursi ordered the formation of a committee grouping the interior ministry, general prosecution and military justice, to look into the cases of detained civilians.
The committee is to be formed immediately, followed by the release of all detainees who were not proven to have committed any criminal offenses, reported the Middle East News Agency.
Mursi reaffirmed on Friday his promise of retribution for the families of those who were killed and injured during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
He also promised the release of all activists and civilians who were detained in confrontations with army and police forces during the transition period that followed Mubarak’s ouster.
Mursi was sworn into office before the Supreme Constitutional Court, on Saturday. He is the country’s first civil president.