UAE to Swap Prisoners with India

Hundreds of Indian prisoners will be able to serve their jail sentences in their home countries after the UAE cabinet approved a prisoner transfer agreement with the two countries. The move follows pacts signed with India in November 2011allows the transfer of Emirati citizens incarcerated in India.

Under the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Agreement, prisoners with a minimum of six months left to serve will be able to apply for the transfer but must not have a pending case against them. Inmates imprisoned for drug offences, murder and financial crimes will not be eligible.

Official estimates suggest that as many as 960 Indian prisoners will be eligible for the transfer.

The prisoner transfer agreement is a sign of increased cooperation between the two countries, Sanjay Verma, the Consul General of India in Dubai, told Arabian Business last year.

“It is a federal matter,” he said. “People will have the option of finishing their term in India, especially the long-term prisoners, not that there are too many UAE prisoners in India, maybe a handful.”

Source:Arabian Business News