500 prisoners benefit from royal pardon



 Saturday 28 June 2014

Prisons in Jeddah have begun releasing prisoners accused of violating public rights in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as part of the royal amnesty granted on the occasion of Ramadan.
The first group included more than 500 detainees and the next few days will see release of more prisoners. Around 250 to 300 prisoners who meet the amnesty requirements are expected to be released daily.
Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Shahrani, director of Jeddah Prisons Authority, said a specialized committee is working round-the-clock to implement the rules of the amnesty of public rights prisoners. He confirmed that the king’s directives stress the importance of the speedy finalization of documents and the release of those included in the amnesty. Al-Shahrani inspected the procedures for those included in the amnesty and met with the released prisoners in the cultural hall. 
He congratulated them on getting the opportunity to spend Ramadan with their families and presented them with token gifts and copies of the Holy Qur’an, in addition to some guidance and cultural books.
He also encouraged them to take advantage of this generous move and return to society as valuable and positive individuals who can serve their nation. Al-Shahrani said the General Prison Directorate offers the best rehabilitation programs.
According to him, the directorate does its best to implement plans and strategies of the Ministry of Interior, which are led by Prince Mohammad bin Naif, with the hope to achieve comprehensive security and the rehabilitation of the inmates.
Al-Shahrani appreciated the support and follow-up of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed in overcoming the difficulties that faced these plans and programs.
A number of released prisoners praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman for giving them the chance to build their community and take care of their families. They also thanked the general prison directorate for its educational and awareness programs during their imprisonment.

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