Firoz Merchant, philanthropist and founder and chairman of Pure Gold Group has freed over 500 inmates housed in prisons across the UAE by paying their debts on the occasion of Ramadan.
Merchant, well known for his ongoing philanthropic deeds, donated AED650,000 ($177,000) to pay the debts of 300 inmates of the penal and correctional institution in Ajman and 260 inmates from other penal institutions in the country.
In addition, he also booked air tickets for them to return to their home countries.
Abu Dhabi Police, in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to the country, inducted into Abu Dhabi Police’s community initiative – ‘We Are All Police’.
Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, presented Merchant (above) with a commemorative shield in appreciation of his contribution to the community.
“I think it is an important social responsibility to help various segments of the society and strengthen the police’s efforts in humanitarian and social aspects,” said Merchant.
“It is crucial to release debt-ridden prisoners, ensure their arrival in the countries of their origin and reunification with their families so that they have a second chance at life.”