UAE president pardons hundreds of prisoners for Ramadan
The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has ordered the release of 969 prisoners incarcerated for various crimes and the settlement of their financial liabilities on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Sheikh Khalifa’s pardon is a gesture which demonstrates his keenness to grant prisoners a chance to begin a new life and ease the suffering of their families.
The Attorney-General of Abu Dhabi, Councillor Yusuf Saeed Al Ebry, said that the Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi, in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Police, already started procedures to enforce a presidential order to release 969 prisoners serving terms in various prisons.
Al Ebry expressed profound gratitude to the president for this great humanitarian gesture which he said has brought happiness to many families. He also thanked General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for the support he extends to the Public Prosecution and the judiciary in the emirate.
Al Ebry also hailed the continuous follow-up of the judicial process by Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
UAE Attorney-General Salem Saeed Kubaish has said that the President’s order to release 969 prisoners serving terms in various prisons on the occasion of the holy month and pay off their liabilities and debts offered the released prisoners a good opportunity to reintegrate into the social fabric as good, law-abiding citizens so as to contribute positively to the process of nation building and development.
“The pardon inculcates positive motives in the hearts and minds of the pardoned prisoners, spurring them to set their conduct right and follow the right path. It is a recipe of optimism about the future and a catalyst for those still behind bars to follow suit to obtain that privilege in future,” the attorney-general stated.