Ramadan 2021: Sheikh Khalifa pardons 439 prisoners

Generous move aims to give the inmates a second chance in life

Sheikh Khalifa received H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah. At the beginning of the meeting, Sheikh Khalifa and the Rulers of the Emirates congratulated Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Dubai's win to host EXPO 2020, affirming that the win represents an important leap in the march of the big achievements of the U.A.E. since its establishment.

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The President, Sheikh Khalifa, ordered the release of 439 inmates ahead of Ramadan.

Sheikh Khalifa typically pardons a number of prisoners every year before the start of the holy month.

It allows those convicted of any crimes to use Ramadan to rethink their future and focus on what’s important.

The humanitarian gesture also falls under the UAE’s values of forgiveness and tolerance and it gives the inmates a second chance in life.

Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, also released 206 prisoners on the eve of Ramadan.

Maj Gen Saif Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, thanked the Ruler for his humanitarian gesture.

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman, also ordered the release of 55 prisoners in the emirate before Ramadan.

All have demonstrated good conduct during their sentences.

The pardon is a gesture by Sheikh Humaid to give prisoners an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate their families' hardship.

Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, the Ruler of Umm Al Quwain also ordered the release of a number of prisoners from prisons and corrective institutions in the emirate on the advent of the holy month.

State news agency Wam said those released had shown good conduct.

Sheikh Saud expressed his sincere wishes to see the released prisoners take the opportunity to start a new life and become productive members of society.

Meanwhile, the UAE set out a plan to fund 100 million free meals in 20 countries.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said there were 52 million people living within a four-hour flight from the Emirates who were at risk of hunger.

A website set up for the campaign allows people to donate as little as Dh10 to fund 10 meals, rising to Dh500.

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