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Eight Iranian nationals freed from UAE jail

21 March 2016 22:39



The United Arab Emirates has released eight Iranian nationals, including four women, who were detained in connection with various charges.

The inmates were freed at the start of Persian New Year, which began on March 20, and following diplomatic efforts by the Islamic Republic’s Consulate General in Dubai, it was announced on Monday.

Critics have been long slamming the United Arab Emirates for enforcing stringent regulations based on which carrying any pills containing such painkillers as codeine is considered a crime.

The country has been also under fire for lengthy legal procedures as a result of which it takes a long time before a person accused of various charges may appear before a court, thus, causing great problems for both defendants and their families.

The recent development comes after the government of UAE released over 110 Iranian prisoners, who were doing time in the country’s jails over minor offenses, during last Iranian year, which ended on March 19, 2016..

In October 2015, the UAE also released nine Iranian teachers who were detained on allegations related to the validity of their work permits. At the time of their arrest, the teachers were working in al-Ain, Abu Dhabi.

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