ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of 973 prisoners who had been serving different jail terms, on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Sheikh Khalifa pledged to settle all the prisoners’ financial commitments resulting from their court cases.
The release comes as part of the President’s keenness to give the inmates a chance to resume new life and ease suffering of their families.
Also on Monday UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 625 prisoners, on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Sheikh Mohammed’s pardon covers inmates in Penal and Correctional Institutions in Dubai who have so far served different jail terms.
Sheikh Mohammed also instructed the Attorney General of Dubai, Essam Eisa Al Humaidan, to implement the orders.
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, ordered on Monday evening the release of 181 male and female prisoners of different nationalities who had served half of their sentences at the Sharjah Punitive and Correctional Facilities.
Humaidan said Dubai Public Prosecution and Dubai Police have already started the procedures for the immediate release of the pardoned inmates.
He emphasised that they will reunite with their families in the UAE or abroad on the first day of Ramadan.
He also thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his kind initiatives and said they target all people regardless of their nationality, colour or race.
Humaidan further emphasised that the generous directives by Sheikh Mohammed on taking care of human rights and dignity further promote tolerance in the UAE society which upholds authentic Arab and Islamic values and ethics.
Sheikh Sultan‚ Äôs orders to release the prisoners were made to mark the Holy Month of Ramadan and to enable prisoners who are eligible for pardon under good conduct requirements to reunite with their families during the Holy Month.