UAE president pardons 700 prisoners ahead of Ramadan

August 27th, 2008 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Aug 27 (IANS) President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Wednesday granted an executive pardon to 700 prisoners, both UAE nationals and expatriates, lodged in various jails across the country ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He also instructed the authorities concerned to ensure that the pardoned prisoners’ debts were settled, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

“The pardon comes as part of Sheikh Khalifa’s keenness on giving those a new chance to start a new life and alleviate the suffering of their families,” the report said.

The president grants such clemencies on national and religious occasions.

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