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Foreign Ministry Undersecretary statement on prisoners of foreign nationalities convicted of certain criminal cases

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, Ambassador Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla, said in a statement that within its framework, the ministry is following up the cases of prisoners holding foreign nationalities who are convicted of certain criminal cases, in light of the reports that have been prepared with the knowledge of the Secretariat of the Ombudsman of both the convicted Zainab Abdulhadi Al Khawaja; sentenced to penalties amounting to three years and one month, and the second of Arina Bajtova; sentenced to two years and ten days, which it reported were both serving sentences with the implementation of restricted freedom, keeping into consideration a child aged a year and four months being cared for by the first and a child of almost four years for the second.

Noting that these reports confirmed that they each have been housed in separate rooms in a dedicated ward for mothers with two beds and another for the child and are provided with all means of comfort for children, in addition to periodic medical examinations and other means of comfort and care.

However, due to the humanitarian situation of the small children, and the possibility of negative repercussions that may affect them from receiving care in a place of punishment, under conditions of psychological instability for the caretakers, and in line with the implementation of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code which takes into account the implementation of sentences of imprisonment under the principles of humanity, it has was decided by the relevant authorities to stop the implementation of the restrictive punishment for freedom of each of them and to release them as well as take the appropriate action towards, keeping into account their situation and humanitarian principles.


  • Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani



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