The Philippine Embassy in Doha, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Friday reported that at least 15 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) jailed for crime have been granted pardon.
In a news release, it said that Qatari Amir Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani extended royal clemency to 15 Filipinos, whose identities authorities withheld, in light of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Those granted clemency, as practiced in the Islamic country, are often those who have served a substantial portion of their sentence.
The Emir usually issues pardons twice a year, during Ramadan and the Qatari National Day in December.
The granting of pardons during Ramadan is practiced across the Gulf and is usually made around the time or during Eid’l Fitr, which is the celebration of the end of Ramadan.
The Philippine Embassy is now coordinating with the Search and Follow-up Department under Qatar’s Ministry of Interior to facilitate the early repatriation of the pardoned Filipinos, DFA said. (MJD)