Over 600 insolvents serving jail terms had been released during Ramadan, below the Fak Kurbah initiative (redeeming anguish) run by Omani Lawyers Association (OLA). The initiative, which was began by OLA in 2012, expects to settle 750 instances this year, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim al Zadjali, president of OLA told Muscat Daily.
“The initiative cleared debts of over 600 prisoners during Ramadan. It is component of our campaign Fak Kurbah 2019 which was launched at the Muscat Grand Mall. We are expecting to settle as numerous as 750 instances this year.
“The initiative succeeded in securing release of more than 600 people from various governorates of the sultanate. Over 100 lawyers volunteered to work in 24 courts around the sultanate for their release.”
During final year’s campaign, OLA helped settle 510 instances. “We are approaching institutions and individuals to support the cause. This year’s campaign has been on for a month now and covered Muscat, Sohar and Nizwa. In 2018, the initiative helped 510 insolvents with cases in 36 courts.” Now in its sixth edition, Fak Kurbah initiative aims to set an instance of compassion and solidarity in the neighborhood. In the initial edition in 2012, ten lawyers volunteered to perform and contributed in assisting release 44 prisoners.
The second edition in 2014 covered a majority of Oman’s courts. It also saw an exhibition to raise neighborhood awareness on legal matters. Sixty volunteer lawyers worked on the instances and helped release 304 prisoners.
The third edition in 2015 saw the release of 432 prisoners whilst 100 volunteer lawyers helped in the release of 425 involved in insolvency instances in the fourth edition in 2017. “We thank all those who have cooperated with us from private and government bodies to help release these prisoners. We also thank the volunteer lawyers who worked hard for the cause,” stated Dr Zadjali.
Information Source: Muscat Daily