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UAE President orders release of 669 prisoners on Eid Al Adha

New Dubai Properties chairman Ahmad Al Abdulla has also donated a sum to help release 22 prisoners as part of the charitable initiative 'Eid in Your Home'

UAE President orders release of 669 prisoners on Eid Al Adha
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of 669 prisoners serving various sentences on occasion of Eid Al Adha.

He pledged to settle the prisoners’ financial debts in line with the Islamic holiday expected to take place on Sunday, August 11 according to Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court.

The move is a bid to provide the prisoners with “the chance to start a new life” and aims to “reduce the suffering of their families”, according to state news agency WAM.

Dubai detainees

Chairman of New Dubai Properties Ahmad Al Abdulla has donated a sum that will cover “a large portion of claims” issued by the Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) against 22 detainees of various nationalities.

He collaborated with the Dubai Land Department (DLD) on the prisoners’ release as part of the Dubai charity initiative ‘Eid in Your Home’ which stands in line with the UAE Year of Tolerance.

“Our support to this cause is an expression of the spirit of humanity that characterises Dubai and its citizens. People caught in rent-related cases are not criminals but ordinary human beings who have suffered difficult circumstances that have led to this situation. We are glad they will be home to celebrate Eid Al Adha with the families,” Al Abdulla said.

The initiative is in cooperation with Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, director-general of the DLD, Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation Department and Judge Abdul Qader Musa, RDC chairman.