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Saudi King pardons nine Filipino prisoners.

Manila Nine Filipinos charged with various offences in Saudi Arabia have been pardoned by King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz as the Philippine government expects more of its nationals to be released from the Kingdom's prisons in the coming weeks.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila, quoting a report by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh said an initial batch of nine Filipinos have been pardoned and released from jail under the royal decree issued on the occasion of the return of the Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz from medical treatment overseas.

"To mark the return of the Crown Prince..., the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah issued royal pardons last December 11, 2009. The names of the Filipinos given pardon are being withheld until their next of kin have been informed," the DFA said.

The nine Filipinos are undergoing the necessary government procedures before they are allowed to leave the country.

The DFA added that the Embassy is arranging tickets for the Filipinos' journey back home.

Earlier, the DFA Secretary Alberto G. Romulo expressed deep appreciation for the benevolence and kindness of His Majesty King Abdullah and wished him and Crown Prince Sultan long life.

Romulo also said that the government in Manila regularly requests for the inclusion of Filipinos in any pardon, especially before the Holy Month of Ramadan, and when it knows that the prisoners have served at least half their sentences and have made restitutions under the private rights aspect of their cases.

At the same time, the Embassy said it is also working on the cases of other Filipinos languishing in Saudi jails.

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