It’s all right. Some of them renounced violence, although only against the Egyptian state. Jihad activities against anything else are apparently A-OK.
Note the highly misleading lead paragraph to this AP story. From it one might reasonably gather that all 135, or however many there really are, signed statements renouncing violence in general. But then in the next paragraph we learn that only some of their leaders signed such statements, and only renounced violence against the Egyptian state.
“Egypt releases more than 100 Islamic extremists,” from AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
About 135 Muslim extremists who spent more than a decade in Egyptian prisons have been released after signing statements renouncing violence, police officials said Monday.
Egypt began releasing members of al-Jihad, which was formerly headed by al-Qaida’s No. 2 Ayman Al-Zawahri, two weeks ago after some of their leaders agreed to renounce violence against the Egyptian state, officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya, which in Arabic means Islamic Group, and to a lesser extent al-Jihad, which means holy war, were responsible for a violent campaign against the Egyptian regime in the 1990s. Neither has been involved in attacks in Egypt since.
Both groups were accused of participating in the 1981 assassination of President Anwar al-Sadat.