Ruler of Dubai pardons 700 prisoners ahead of Ramadan

Inmates are typically selected for their good behaviour and their outstanding debts are paid off

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - March 20, 2018: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (L), stands with HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the  UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence (R), after witnessing the signing of a joint venture agreement between Aldar and Emaar, in Shindagha Heritage District. 

( Mohamed Al Hammadi / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi )
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Seven hundred prisoners in Dubai jails will be pardoned and released early on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

Issam Issa Al Humaidan, Attorney General of Dubai, announced the move on Tuesday.

Every year, the president and the rulers of the emirates pardon prisoners and order the settling of debts of those jailed for financial crimes or with outstanding fines to pay.

On Monday, 935 were released on the orders of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.

Inmates are usually selected for their good conduct.

Last year the UAE pardoned close to 2,000 in total.

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