Gulf rulers pardon prisoners to mark Ramzan

By Author  |  Gulf Correspondent  |  Published: 14th May 2018  7:46 pm

Riyadh: The annual pardoning of prisoners including Indians just before the beginning of Ramzan is a tradition that has been in Gulf countries for decades, and Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi on Monday announced the release of 935 prisoners who have been sentenced in various cases. Other series of pardon and release of prisoners will begin later in Ramzan month, ahead of Eid.

It is noteworthy to mention that every Ramzan, number of prisoners hailing from Telangana and spending their time behind bars for minor crimes would benefit from such pardon. The release of prisoners comes within the framework of President’s keenness to give them an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate the suffering of their families, said UAE official news agency. In Sharjah, Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, has ordered the release of 304 prisoners of various nationalities from Sharjah Punitive and Reformatory Establishments (SPRE) (Central Jail) on the occasion of the holy month of Ramzan. Dubai and other Emirates are also expected to release prisoners in a day or two.

Authorities are working round-the-clock to examine the cases of eligible prisoners including expatriates to be released from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The pardon will be granted to prisoners who showed good conduct. Jail inmates in financial debts will also be pardoned, as well as those who committed various crimes – except murder and drug trafficking, according to officials. The prisoners who are benefiting from the pardon decision have met all conditions and requirements lay down by the police to ensure that they become persons with good morale. “There is a special committee formed by the prison authorities to study the cases and review the conduct of the inmates to ensure they will be able to resume new life and support their families whether in Gulf or in their countries,” they added.