More than 11,000 Saudi and foreign prisoners doing time for petty crimes in various parts of Saudi Arabia will benefit from an amnesty declared by King Abdullah on Friday, local daily Arab News reports.
"More than 11,000 men and women in the Kingdom’s jails will be freed under the new amnesty," said Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Harithy, director general of prisons. He added that a panel - comprising representatives of the governorate, police and the prison department - would determine which prisoners qualified for release according to specific terms and conditions.
Arab Interior Minister Prince Naif said convicts posing a threat to state security or who have committed serious crimes would not benefit.
King Abdullah also instructed payment of debts and blood money for prisoners, who have insufficient funds of their own, to allow their reintegration into society.
Harithy hoped that the amnesty would encourage prisoners to change their lives and become good citizens and stressed the government’s desire to transform the country’s prisons into reformatories.
Families of prisoners across the country have welcomed the amnesty.
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