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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Sheikh Khalifa pardons almost 800 prisoners ahead of National Day

The President orders their fines be also paid

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, ordered the pardon and release of almost 800 prisoners on Sunday. AFP
The President, Sheikh Khalifa, ordered the pardon and release of almost 800 prisoners on Sunday. AFP

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, ordered the release of 785 prisoners ahead of UAE National Day on Sunday.

The country's leader also paid off fines that were imposed on the prisoners.

The purpose of the release is to offer detainees the opportunity to “create a new life for themselves and alleviate the suffering of their families”, state news agency Wam reported.

Every year, the President and the rulers of the Emirates pardon prisoners and order debt settlements of those jailed for financial crimes or outstanding fines.

Prisoners to be released are selected on the basis of their good conduct. Last year, the UAE pardoned around 2,000 of them.

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