Indian businessman comes to aid of prisoners in UAE

As a kind gesture, a Dubai based Indian businessman has decided to spend 1 million US dollars (3.8 million dirhams) to help free prisoners who are behind bars in UAE due to non-payment of debts.

Firoz Merchant, founder and chairman of Pure Gold Jewellers has already paid 150,000 dirhams for the release of 132 prisoners from Ajman Central jail. He will pay the remaining amount to secure the release of more prisoners.

The money will be utilised to help the prisoners who landed in UAE jails for non-payment of debts or overstaying in the jail despite completing their terms as they do not have the money to return home.

Indian businessman Firoz Merchant
Firoz Merchant has decided to spend 3.8 million dirhams to help prisoners who are behind bars in UAE. Photo courtesy: AME info

These prisoners are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ethiopia, Syria, Yemen, Oman and Ghana.Merchant said,” These people are unfortunate victims of circumstances and are not real criminals. They have ended up in jail because of debt-related cases and I want to do my best to send them back to their families.”

Merchant's office is making arrangements of air tickets to send them back homes. In addition to this, they are also giving 100 dirhams equivalent of local currency so that the released inmate reaches home safely.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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