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Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya on Saturday denounced a decree by interim President Adly Mansour to abolish pardons granted by ousted president Mohamed Morsi for 52 convicts, describing the move as "vengeful".
"This is a vengeful decree and is a continuation of oppression of political opponents," the movement said in a statement.
On Thursday, Mansour issued a decree to abolish amnesties granted by Morsi during his one-year rule to 52 convicts.
A source told Anadolu Agency on Saturday that the decree will affect 16 Palestinians and 27 Egyptians, including 12 member of the Gamaa Islamiya.
"There is no legal or constitutional basis that gives a president the right to abolish amnesties granted by an elected president," the Gamaal Islamiya said.
It went on to say that Mansour's decree "had many legal mistakes".
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed by the military in July last year following massive protests against his administration.
Last December, Egypt's interim authorities branded the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, a "terrorist" group following a string of attacks in the country.
The Brotherhood, for its part, denies involvement in violence and says that it is committed to peaceful activism.Last Mod: 31 Mayıs 2014, 14:42