Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid orders release of 488 prisoners to mark Eid Al Adha

The move is to allow the prisoners, who have been serving jail sentences for various crimes, to reintegrate themselves into society and alleviate the suffering of their families.

DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 488 prisoners on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

The move is to allow serving prisoners to reintegrate into society and “alleviate the suffering of their families”.

Essam Al Humaidan, the Attorney General of Dubai, said public prosecution immediately took measures to carry out the order. It reflected Sheikh Mohammed’s interest in granting the pardoned prisoners a fresh opportunity at life and a chance to correct their mistakes, reported Aletihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National.

On Wednesday, President Sheikh Khalifa ordered the release of 442 prisoners and had the financial obligations of the pardoned inmates settled.

In Sharjah, Ruler Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, also pardoned 130 inmates.

Sharjah Police said inmates who were pardoned had completed at least half of their sentences and shown good conduct and behaviour.

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras al Khaimah, ordered the release of 122 prisoners from punitive and reformative institutions. Sheikh Saud will cover the financial charges and fines against those covered by the amnesty, reported Wam. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, has ordered the release of a “number of prisoners”, said Wam.

Published: September 8, 2016 04:00 AM