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Ratina speaks with the guard May Ahmed al Mahmood at the Al Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi.Abu Dhabi has two main prisons and a juvenile centre at Al Mafraq, holding as many as 32 youths aged 13 to 19.

Al Wathba prison was built in 1983. The men's jail is undergoing expansion which includes a modern educational program. T
he Labour Market programme, organised in conjunction with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), allows male nationals to achieve accreditation in various fields, to ease their reintegration into society once they finish their sentences. "The programme aims to provide inmates with the opportunities everyone else enjoys," said Mustapha Karkouti, head of corporate affairs at HCT. "If these people are well equipped, trained and informed, it's easier for them to reintegrate into society."

About 30 prisoners have graduated in the last two years, some of whom the prison management says have become "very successful". "We are teaching them responsibility they can take outside when they leave prison," said Col al Zaabi. "Prisoners are often refused by the rest of the community when they return. We want to minimise this and help them socialise." Eighty prisoners are enrolled in the programme, in which electrical, technical, financial and administrative skills are taught. Any UAE-born male prisoner may enrol. The programme is not available to women. Al Wathba jail is considering expanding the programme to expatriate prisoners and a decision is expected in the next few months (April 2012).

The move is the latest measure by the UAE to reintegrate prisoners into society. The country is leading the way among GCC states in adopting a more progressive attitude to the treatment of prisoners and reintegrating them in communities. Khadeja al Otaiba, a social worker at the women's prison, said having inmates mingling together rather than divided on different security levels encouraged them to socialise and discouraged the formation of a negative self-image.

"I talk with [the women] as much as possible," she said. "Most of them come to jail and ask themselves why they [committed] the crime. We try to help them." Prison administrators have been in talks with the independent Khalifa Fund to expand the job opportunities for inmates. The fund was set up to help Emirati nationals begin their own businesses by offering financial resources and advice. No decisions or details have been finalised, but Marwan al Otaiba, the fund's marketing officer, said the programme should be launched in the next two months.

The men's prison has 1,346 inmates. The women's has 225.jhume@thenational.ae

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AL-WATHBA PRISON IN ABU DHABI
Al-wathba prison (more information required) See Yvonne Randall Story below.

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38 inmates from Al Wathba prison undergo rehabilitation training 
Friday: 05 November 2010

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KNOWN PRISONERS IN AL-WATHBA (not complete)
Name Country Sentence Age Building
Notes
Lissy Mathew Orathel India 4 years - - -
Fawzeya Shamsuddin Sri Lanka 16 years - - -
Marina Uzbekistan sentenced to 3 yrs - - -
Amira Debaja Philippines 8 months - - -
Nicole Sri Lanka sentenced 2 yrs - - now released
Jinky Fingnit Phillipines 6 months - - now released
Connie Phillipines sentenced 1 year - - -
Yolanda Phillipines sentenced 5 months - - now released
Gina Phillippines sentenced 8 mths - - now released
Romina Phillipines sentenced 6 months and 80 lashes. - - Now released
Natasha Uzbekistan sentenced 6 months and 200 lashes. - - Now released
JC Malaysia sentenced 6 months - - now released
Mei Lan China sentenced 6 months - - now released
Yang China
- - now released
Sui may China - - - now released
Rachelle Phillipines 6 months - - now released
Reem Aza Jordan sentenced ? long time - - -
INFORMATION & LINKS
Embassy lists: here
Local Laws - Be Aware click here
Proceedures in Criminal Cases: click here

  • Yvonne Randall Story - an innocent woman imprisoned in Abu Dhabi
    Yvonne Randall Book: click here
  • Prisoners of the Desert
  • Jabir Case - Justice on Trial
  • Plush offices and torture chambers

  • Inmate mothers to keep children click here
    Britons warned over UAE Arrests Click here

    Lawyer List
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    Contact Details Details
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    Reed Smith LLP
    www.reedsmith.com
    1902, Golden Falcon Tower,
    Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi UAE

    Peter Michelmore
    Tel: 00 971 2 622 2636
    Fax: 00 971 2 622 2625
    Email: pmichelmore@reedsmith.com
    P.O. Box 46904, Abu Dhabi
    Opening hours:
    09:00 – 18:00 Sun. to Thur.

    * Honorary Legal Advisers to Her Majesty’s Ambassador

    Specialises in British, Local and International Corporate and Commercial Law
                                               

    Denton Wilde Sapte & Co

    www.dentonwildesapte.com

    Suite 1204, Al Gaith Tower, Hamdan Street. Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Mr Richard T de Belder

    Tel: 00 971 2 6266180
    Fax: 00 971 2 6266175
    e-mail: lnot@ad.dentonwildesapte.com
    abudhabi@dentonwildesapte.com

    P. O. Box 47656, Abu Dhabi
    Opening hours:
    08:30 - 18:00 Sun. to Thur.

    Specialises in British, Local & International Commercial Law


    Simmons & Simmons
    www.simmons-simmons.com

    ADNIC Building - Khalifa Street 10th floor.Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Tim Field
    Tel: 00 971 2 6519200
    Fax: 00 971 2 6519201
    e-mail: neisha.young@simmons-simmons.com

    P.O. Box 5931, Abu Dhabi
    Opening hours:
    09:00 - 18:00 Sun. to Thur.

    Simmons & Simmons is an international law firm with more than 1500 staff in 18 offices worldwide. Simmons & Simmons’ long established Middle East practice comprises lawyers from our three offices in the region – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar. The firm provides a comprehensive and integrated service that covers clients' requirements throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  The Middle East practice comprises a team of more than 50 specialist lawyers, 8 of whom are Arabic speakers.

    Simmons & Simmons do pro bono work, however this depends on the case.


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    Abu Dhabi
    P.O. Box: 253
    Phone: +971 2 504 7200
    Fax: +971 2 504 7204

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