Dubai, November 28: Over 600 prisoners were released on the United Arab Emirates 46th National Day and the government will also to pay off their financial obligations in a bid to give them an opportunity to start a new life and ease the suffering of their families.
Notably, President Sheikh Khalifa ordered the release of 645 prisoners on Monday ahead of the UAE's 46th National Day while pledging to pay off their financial obligations in a bid to give them an opportunity to start a new life and ease the suffering of their families.
Meanwhile, President Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai ordered the release of at least 606 inmates. The statement released by the UAE government said, "In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered the release of 606 inmates of Dubai’s punitive and corrective institutions on the occasion of the UAE’s 46th National Day."
The Attorney-General of Dubai, Issam Al Humaidan, said that the Vice President and ruler of Dubai took the occasion to issue the amnesty order to give the prisoners an opportunity to re-engage in society. Al Humaidan further added that the public prosecution is coordinating with Dubai Police General Command to carry out the order.
On the other side, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, pardoned 246 prisoners from the emirate's punitive and corrective institutions to mark National Day. He too pledged to settle the financial debts of those pardoned.
Interestingly, every year ahead of religious holidays, the president and rulers of the emirates pardon prisoners and order the settling of debts, which prevent many from leaving prison. Last year also, Sheikh Khalifa ordered the release of 1,102 prisoners to mark National Day.