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UAE leaders order release of 1,200 prisoners from Dubai, Abu Dhabi jails

Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Khalifa give order to release prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha

UAE leaders order release of 1,200 prisoners from Dubai, Abu Dhabi jails
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

More than 1,200 prisoners in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are being released ahead of Eid Al Adha.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday ordered the release of 547 prisoners from Dubai’s correctional and punitive establishments.

His order comes a day after UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the release of 704 prisoners who had been sentenced to jail terms for a variety of offences, state news agency WAM reported.

Essam Issa Al Humaidan, Attorney General of Dubai, said the decision to pardon inmates is aimed at offering them a fresh start in life and ease their families’ suffering, as well as helping the prisoners reintegrate into the community.

Al Humaidan said this gesture will have a positive impact on the community by giving the prisoners a chance to rejoin their families and start a new chapter in their lives.

The Attorney General also said that Dubai Public Prosecution has commenced the legal procedures for implementing Sheikh Mohammed’s order, which is being carried out in collaboration with Dubai Police.