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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sheikh Mohammed Pardons 595 Prisoners on First Day of Ramadan

The personal website of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum announced the following statement:

“In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered (22 August 2009) the release of 595 prisoners from Dubai punitive and corrective institutions to mark the occasion of Ramadan. Sixty-two of those pardoned inmates were UAE nationals.”

“Dubai Attorney General Essam Al Humaidan expressed profound gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed for the humanitarian and social gesture which would have far-reaching good impact on the families of the released prisoners.”

“Al Humaidan said the public prosecution would coordinate with the Dubai Police and Dubai Punitive and Correctional Establishments to put Sheikh Mohammed's order in place.”

“He added that executive measures would be taken to release the prisoners who have served different periods of their jail terms.”

Ramadan Pardon
On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, this announcement signals a major act of pardon involving not only the liberation of almost six hundred individuals but a significant decision that will affect the lives of their families and loved ones.

This decision is most timely, as it expresses and models the Ramadan spirit of pardon, forgiveness, restoring relationships and the hope of a new start.

‘Mohammed Pardons 595 Prisoners’, Personal Website, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, 22 August 2009.

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Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.