Dubai Police gifts diabetic jail inmate pair of artificial legs

By Eudore R. Chand

Offers financial help worth Dh8 million to 5,485 inmates

DUBAI 22 March 2019: On the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, Dubai Police gifted an incarcerated resident with artificial limbs – as he had lost his own to diabetes.

Brigadier Ali Al Shamali, Director General of Penal and Reform Institutions in Dubai Police, stressed the keenness of Dubai Police General Command to help inmates through various initiatives in cooperation with other institutions, charities and philanthropists.

He appreciated the role of the police’s Humanitarian Services Committee, which has contributed to solving many problems for various nationalities of inmates, especially with financial or in-kind assistance.

Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Criminal Investigation, purchased the artificial limbs and a portable electric chair for an Arab inmate at a cost of Dh35,880 under the ‘Return of Hope’ initiative launched on the occasion of World Day of Happiness.

He said that when the prisoner came to the penal institutions, one of his leg was amputated due to the complications from diabetes. During his sentence, his second leg was also amputated. It was our duty to provide aid to a human being.

Inmate Thanks

The inmate, Al Obeir (AM), an Arab in his sixties, thanked the government and the people of the UAE for their assistance.

He explained that he had been diabetic for a long time and when he came to Dubai in 2015, he had an amputation of the left leg. In 2018, the other leg was amputated.

Dubai Police offers financial help worth Dh8 million

Dubai Police has paid tuition fees for children of inmates, for accommodation for their families, for treatment of their guests and their families, and for release of inmates, their air tickets, glasses, and legal fees.

Dubai Police also helps with initiatives to alleviate the financial burden on the families, including during Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr, school bags, and other types of assistance.

The Department of Humanitarian Care has contributed to the solution of many problems of inmates of various nationalities of the inmates.

It has helped 5,485 in the past year, with Dh8,133,691, including paying monthly salaries to the families of the inmates