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Meet the Saudi who graduated with distinction while in prison

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Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Rahman has made a name for himself by graduating from Imam University with a bachelor’s degree in the fundamentals of religion while remaining incarcerated at the Ha’ir prison in the south of Riyadh.

The 42-year-old was among the first in the group of 114 inmates at the prison to graduate with distinction. He hopes to complete graduate studies before the end of his sentence.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior has adopted a reformatory approach vis-a-vis prisoners as opposed to harsh treatment, which has helped a lot of detainees and equipped them with degrees before they return to normal life again.

“I am completely different now than I was before being imprisoned, and I would advise all my colleagues not to waste their time and take advantage of their time in prison to pursue graduate studies, I hope to complete my higher education soon”, Abdul Rahman said.

As many as 114 prisoners recently obtained eight different religious and administrative degrees from the University of Imam under the auspices of the Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. They were awarded their degrees in the presence of senior officials. A large number of family members of the inmates were also present on the occasion.