Abu Dhabi: UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of 515 prisoners on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.
The pardoned prisoners had been sentenced to jail terms for a variety of offences.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa also pledged to settle the financial obligations of the released prisoners.
The President’s pardon comes within the context of the UAE’s humanitarian initiatives based on values of forgiveness and tolerance and gives the released prisoners a chance to change for the better by starting a new life and engage in positive participation in a manner that benefits their families and communities.
The annual pardon also comes as part of his keenness to enhance family cohesion, bring about happiness to mothers and children and give the pardoned prisoners a chance to reconsider their future and return back to the righteous path that ensures a successful social and professional life.
His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has ordered the release of 62 prisoners, who have demonstrated good conduct during their sentences in punitive and corrective institutions in the emirate, on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.
The pardon is an attempt by the Ruler of Ajman to provide prisoners with an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate their families hardships.
Sheikh Humaid expressed his best wishes to the prisoners and his hopes that they will use this opportunity to integrate healthily and positively back into society.
Commenting on the announcement, Major General Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, thanked Sheikh Humaid for this generous gesture, saying it reflects his keenness to give second chances to individuals, reuniting them with their families.
He also called on the freed inmates to commit themselves to be engaged members of society and strive for a better future, adding that procedures for their immediate release have already been initiated.