DLD, RDC to release 22 rental case prisoners in Dubai for Eid Al-Adha
DLD and Rental Disputes Centre to release prisoners as donation by Emirati business helps cover substantial portion of claims
Dubai Land Department (DLD) will help release 22 prisoners serving sentences in rental cases in Dubai, and ensure they are home for the Eid Al-Adha holiday, as part of its 'Eid in Your Home' initiative, announced in cooperation with Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) by Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, director-general of DLD; Maj Gen Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for criminal investigation; and Judge Abdul Qader Musa, RDC chairman.
A young Emirati businessman, Abdullah Ahmed Al Ansari, has donated a "substantial amount" that will help cover a large part of the claims issued by RDC against the prisoners, which are of different nationalities.
Consequently, DLD said in a statement, prisoners convicted in rental cases in Dubai will be released, and landlords' rights will be preserved as well.
To complete the initiative and commence executive procedures, RDC formed judicial committees and met with the prisoners who are covered by the initiative to adjust their situation and ensure that they spend Eid Al-Adha with their families.
Al Ansari said that his donation underscored the spirit of humanity that characterises Dubai and its citizens, adding that according to him, prisoners of rent-related cases were not criminals but ordinary people that suffer circumstances leading to challenging situations.
Commenting on the initiative, Bin Mejren said: "This generous initiative is considered the first of its kind in Dubai and is increasingly important for its total compatibility with the pillars of the Year of Tolerance, as declared by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the aim to highlight the UAE as a global capital for tolerance.
"DLD will cooperate with Dubai Police to complete the release procedures of the prisoners after the payments have been settled," he said.
Musa said RDC was welcoming donations from benefactors to relieve individuals challenged by financial conditions, adding that a dedicated team would "study all cases and set priorities to ensure the aid reaches its beneficiaries".
Al Mansouri added: "This charitable move will bring happiness to the hearts of these prisoners and their families, granting them a second chance to work hard and serve their families and the UAE with dedication."