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Region/UAE: Eid Al-Adha pardons

The occasion of Eid Al-Adha on 11 August brought with it the usual round of royal pardons for some lucky convicts, with several thousand prisoners released early. Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa issued a royal decree pardoning 105 inmates. Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said ordered the release of 202 prisoners, including 89 foreigners. In the UAE, more than 1,850 prisoners gained their freedom, compared with the 1,907 prisoners freed across the emirates to mark Eid Al-Adha in 2018; on 8 May over 4,400 were set free to mark the start of Ramadan.

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