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Ras Al Khaimah begins electronic tagging for low-risk prisoners

Attorney General says use of monitoring devices represents progress in Ras Al Khaimah's legislative and judicial system

Ras Al Khaimah begins electronic tagging for low-risk prisoners
The electronic bracelet, which is placed on the ankle throughout the period of the sentence transmits electronic signals specifying the location of the convict.

Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday said it has begun the electronic tagging of low-risk prisoners, in cooperation with the Public Prosecution Department, the Courts Department and the Ministry of Interior.

The new policy is part of the recent amendments to the Law of Criminal Procedures, state news agency WAM reported.

Hassan Mhaimed, Attorney General and secretary of the Judicial Council of Ras Al Khaimah, said that adopting electronic tagging is supported by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and is being monitored by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and chairman of the Judicial Council.

He added that the use of monitoring devices represents progress in the country’s legislative and judicial system, and will punish convicts appropriately without affecting their families and parents while enabling them to become active members of the community again.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Khatri, chairman of the Courts Department in Ras Al Khaimah, said that the ruling would highlight the emirate’s modern judicial system, act as a deterrent, reform criminals without adverse effects, and place the UAE’s legislative and judicial systems on the same level as in other advanced countries.

The announcement in Ras Al Khaimah follows news that 133 Abu Dhabi inmates are to be fitted with electronically tagging as an alternative to imprisonment.

The electronic bracelet, which is placed on the ankle throughout the period of the sentence transmits electronic signals specifying the location of the convict and, if the device is removed or tampered with, the operations centre is automatically notified.

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