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Dubai ruler orders release of more than 1,000 prisoners

Sheikh Mohammed approves release of 1,014 people from Dubai jails as gesture ahead of Ramadan

Dubai ruler orders release of more than 1,000 prisoners
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of more than 1,000 prisoners, ahead of Ramadan.

According to state news agency WAM, he has approved the release of a total of 1,014 prisoners of different nationalities from Dubai’s correctional and punitive establishments.

The Attorney-General of Dubai, Chancellor Essam Issa Al Humaidan, said that the order to pardon the prisoners "will bring happiness to their families, help the pardoned individuals get a fresh start in life and support them in reintegrating into the community".

Al Humaidan added in comments published by WAM that the order will have a positive impact on the community, as it will give the pardoned prisoners a chance to rejoin their families and friends and begin a new chapter in their lives.

The Attorney-General also said that the public prosecution has commenced the legal procedures to implement Sheikh Mohammed’s order.