UAE National Day: A Business Tycoon Pays Dh1 Million for Release of 700 Prisoners

The initiative is said to be part of Pure Gold Group’s ‘Forgotten Society’ programme established in 2008 by philanthropist Firoz Merchant. — Photo courtesy: Khaleej Times

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DUBAI — As the country is preparing to celebrate the 48th UAE National Day on December 2, philanthropist Firoz Merchant, Founder and Chairman of Pure Gold Group, has contributed to the release of 700 insolvent prisoners across the UAE, reports Khaleej Times.

With this gesture of kindness 700 prisoners from different parts of the UAE will get to celebrate the UAE National Day with their families in their respective countries

The insolvent prisoners from different nationalities and backgrounds which are unable to their debt took a sigh of relief as they will be benefited with the charitable step of the philanthropist and will rejoin their families.

The total amount being spent to help these insolvent prisoners is approximately Dh1 million, and this will go towards various expenses like paying off their debts or airfare and transport to their homes in their countries of origin, KT reports.

About 150 insolvent inmates are being released from Ajman Central Jail alone, and they belong to various nationalities including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameron, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordon, Morocco, Oman, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and others.

Major General Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, said: “I am very appreciative of this gesture from Pure Gold Group, for their sense of social responsibility towards those in our correctional institution, and their generous support to secure their return to their country.”

Other insolvent prisoners being released are from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah prisons, adding up to a total of 700 insolvent prisoners – 160 prisoners from various nationalities were released from Fujairah correctional facility.

Firoz Merchant said: “700 insolvent prisoners of more than 30 different nationalities will join in the spirit of the UAE National Day and the Year of Tolerance and they will celebrate the great occasion peacefully and happily back in their home country, reunited with their families. I am inspired by the message of tolerance initiated and led by UAE amongst the world nations.”

The initiative is said to be part of Pure Gold Group’s ‘Forgotten Society’ programme established in 2008 by philanthropist Firoz Merchant to help prisoners of debt. Since its inception, the initiative has helped thousands of insolvent prisoners.


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