x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Ajman ruler releases dozens of prisoners

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, Ruler of Ajman, pardons 58 inmates to mark the start of Ramadan.

Dozens of prisoners are to be freed after Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, Ruler of Ajman, pardoned the inmates to mark the start of Ramadan. Fifty eight prisoners of different nationalities will be released for showing good conduct while serving their jail terms, according to the state news agency WAM. Those convicted of deportation are to be sent back to their home countries. Brigadier Ali Alwan, director of Ajman Police, said Sheikh Humaid's pardon underlines his care to grant those pardoned inmates an opportunity to be good citizens and reunite with their families.

"Measures to release the pardoned prisoners will be initiated immediately," he added. The move comes after nearly 600 prisoners in Dubai were pardoned earlier this week by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Earlier this month, the release of 84 prisoners was ordered by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, the Crown Prince of Ras al Khaimah. Amnesties are often granted during Ramadan.

*The National