The head of the Investigations Office in the Attorney General's Office, Siddiq Al-Sour, has reiterated that the release of a number of senior figures of the former regime was for health reasons, denying that their release had political backgrounds.

Al-Sour added that the prisoners covered by the amnesty will be released respectively starting from the next hours.

The most prominent of those released were the chief of the external security agency, Abu Zeid Dorda and the senior official of the military intelligence agency, Abdul Hamid Ammar, in addition to the assistant chief of staff of the air defense Abdul Karim al-Kadiki.