UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Image Credit: WAM

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of 628 prisoners ahead of the UAE's 49th National Day.

The move comes as part of Sheikh Khalifa’s keenness to give pardoned inmates an opportunity to start a new life and ease the suffering of their families.

The prisoners – sentenced for various crimes – will also have their debts and fines paid-off.

Meanwhile, His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has ordered the release of 49 prisoners.

All the pardoned prisoners demonstrated good conduct during their sentences.

Commenting on the good gesture, Major Gen Sheikh Sultan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ajman Police, said that procedures for the prisoners’ release will be initiated immediately.