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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

President orders release of 800 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha

Inmates were granted early release and Sheikh Khalifa has pledged to settle their debts

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, has ordered the release of 803 prisoners ahead of the religious holiday of Eid Al Adha.

The pardoned inmates had serving jail terms for a variety of minor offences, reported state news agency Wam.

Sheikh Khalifa pledged to settle the financial obligations of the released prisoners to give them a chance at a new life and alleviate the suffering of their families, Wam said.

Every year ahead of religious holidays, the president and rulers of the emirates pardon prisoners and order the settling of debts, which prevent many from leaving prison.

Last year, Sheikh Khalifa pardoned more than 1000 inmates who met the criteria for good conduct.

On Monday ,Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm Al Quwain also ordered the release of a number of prisoners from penal and correctional facilities in the emirate who showed good conduct.

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