The photograph with the RAF campaign shows a man in a prison cell while his children are missing him at home.
DOHA: A charitable body has vowed to get at least 45 Qataris out of jail, some of whom are incarcerated for defaulting on bank loans, while the others for issuing cheques without sufficient balance in their bank accounts.
RAF (Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services) has, through donations so far, mobilised funds to get at least 21 of the 45 Qataris released ahead of Eid Al Adha.
A vast majority of those in jail for the crimes are women, a list issued by RAF in its donation drive suggests.
Some of the women need to pay very small sums to get out of jail. In the case of one woman, the amount mentioned is QR5,208. The case of another involves QR6,804. Against the names of two women in the list are mentioned QR12,000 and QR10,000. It is not known if these cases involve issuance of dud cheques that bounced or they defaulted on debt.
Of the 45, the maximum amount mentioned is QR3.64m, followed by QR2m and QR1m. The latter two Qataris are also men.
RAF says in its campaign that it wants all these men and women out of the prison before Eid Al Adha so they can rejoin their families. It says, donations collected from Qataris total QR1.65m and another QR5.5m remain to be raised to get all the 45 Qataris out of jail.
Contacted, prominent lawyer Yusuf Al Zaman said the cases of all these Qataris being helped by RAF might be related to civil debt. RAF must have identified them after studies as it must help only genuine cases. He said according to Qatari law, physical movement of people not able to repay debt could be restricted. That’s why defaulters are not allowed to travel overseas, he added.