Majority of convicted Indians prefer to stay in UAE jails: Ambassador

A file picture of Indian Ambassador to the UAE TP Seetharam speaking at a news conference organised by the Indian Media Forum in Dubai. (Supplied)

About 1,000 Indians are jailed in the UAE in different court cases and most of them prefer to spend all their prison terms in the country, India’s ambassador to the UAE was reported on Tuesday as saying.

TP Seetharam said he had visited many Indians in UAE jails and found they are well treated as they allowed to be visited by relatives and have access to various services.

“Nearly 90 per cent of the Indian prisoners in the UAE prefer to spend their jail terms in here rather than in their country,” he told the Arabic language daily Al Bayan.

“The remaining inmates prefer to go back home and spend the rest of their jail terms there…it is because India is a big country and those prisoners can spend their jail terms in their home state so they can be visited by families and relatives.”

Seetharam said he had visited around 60 Indian prisoners in the UAE and that they assured him they are well treated. “I was satisfied by the good treatment and the various facilities they receive inside the jail…none of them complained to me.”

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