DUBAI, 9th December, 2017 (WAM) — The Dubai International Holy Quran Award, DIHQA, has conducted the 63rd Quran edition of the 16th year of the Quran Programme for Punitive and Correctional Institutions in Dubai.
The launch of the pioneering scheme was ordered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in 2002.
Many prison term reductions have been issued in favour of 2,950 inmates, excluding those convicted of murder, due to the pioneering programme, which has helped to correct the behaviour of many prisoners while enlightening them about the merciful teachings of the Holy Quran.
Ibrahim Mohamed Bu Melha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs and Head of the DIHQA Organising Committee, praised the kind gesture of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid towards the inmates.
“The programme has offered Dubai inmates a precious opportunity to start anew, be good citizens, behave well and make good use of their time during and after their jail terms,” Bu Melha said.
Official records show that over 2,950 inmates have been pardoned or have had their sentences commuted due to the programme, he added.
“Apart from the full pardon and release decrees, up to 981 decisions have been issued to reduce prison terms by six months, 1,006 by one year, 626 by five years, 208 by 10 years, and 51 by 20 years,” he further added.
The first edition of the programme saw the participation of 365 inmates and four decisions were issued to reduce their prison terms, compared to 110 decisions for 550 inmates in the second edition, he noted.
The 3rd edition, which attracted 451 inmates, witnessed the reduction of 120 sentences, compared to 238 decisions for 458 inmates in the fourth edition, 181 for 268 inmates in the fifth, 111 for 156 inmates in the sixth, 135 for 156 inmates in the seventh, and 135 for 175 inmates in the eight edition, Bu Melha elaborated.
“Those are compared to 166 decisions for 214 inmates in the ninth edition, against 242 for 298 in the tenth, 275 for 365 in the eleventh, 217 for 276 in the twelfth, 257 for 304 in the thirteenth, 238 for 324 in the fourteenth, 280 for 372 in the fifteenth, and 269 prison term reductions for 314 inmates in the sixteenth edition this year,” he further elaborated.
Brigadier Ali Mohammed Al Shamali, Director of the Dubai Punitive and Correctional Institutions, DPCI, said that he is thrilled to honour the inmates who memorised the Quran as part of the programme, which is a key branch of the DIHQA.
The closing ceremony, held at the DPCI’s headquarters in Al Aweer, saw the participation of Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation.
Bu Melha announced the award of cash prizes and certificates of appreciation for all the inmates who have fully memorised the Quran, and prison term reductions have also been issued in their favour. The ceremony also saw the conversion of a female inmate who has fully memorised the Quran and will fly out of the country within a few days.