Across the UAE, over 4,000 prisoners have been released ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan
Pure Gold jewellery group founder and chairman Firoz Merchant will help release 600 insolvent inmates from UAE jails during Ramadan, it was announced on Saturday.
By the end of the year, Merchant expects to help secure the release of an additional 400 prisoners, with his total contribution totalling AED 1.5 million.
The total includes up to 180 prisoners held in Ajman and 200 held in Sharjah, as well as others incarcerated in Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.
The inmates who will benefit from the programme include citizens of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Iran, as well as from various parts of the Arab World.
“Ramadan is a month for giving blessings and sharing in the sorrows of others to give them strength and help, to lead a happy, peaceful and prosperous life in this beautiful world,” Merchant was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
“During the holy month, we devote our attention to prisoners in the UAE who are jailed for insolvency,” he added. “They ended up in prison because they were unable to pay back their debts due to unfortunate circumstances.”
Since Pure Gold Jewellers launched its ‘Forgotten Society’ initiative in 2008, it has helped secure the release of several thousand prisoners, as well as their return home to their families.
Across the UAE, over 4,000 prisoners have been released ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa ordered the release of 3,005 prisoners - serving various sentences - and pledged to settle the financial obligations of the released prisoners.
Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, ordered the release of 587 prisoners of different nationalities from Dubai’s prisons, and Sheikh Saud, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, ordered the release of 306 inmates
Sheikh Sultan, Ruler of Sharjah, ordered the release of 377 prisoners of various nationalities, while the Ruler of Ajman, Sheikh Humaid, ordered the release of 120 prisoners.
Sheikh Saud, Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, ordered "the release of a number of prisoners, who have demonstrated good conduct during their sentences".