Abu Dhabi — The Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Wednesday ordered the release of 674 prisoners while Rulers of other emirates too pardoned hubdreds of prisoners serving minor crimes—in line with UAE’s national day celebrations.
Following the suite—Rulers of the other emirates too pardoned the prisoners.
President Sheikh Khalifa ordered 662 prisoners to go free on Tuesday, while Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, pardoned 86 prisoners and the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, called for 297 prisoners to be freed.
Aligned with the custom of the Arab Muslim world—prisoners are pardoned during Ramadan, religious and public holidays to relieve the sufferings of their families and to let them rejoin the society to start their life afresh.
The prisoners to be released are shortlisted based on their good conduct and sincerity.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also ordered the Department of Finance to waive outstanding home loans worth Dh173 million of Emiratis in Abu Hail area in Deira. The Dh392 million project has 390 villas owned by 600 Emiratis.