133 absconders rounded up in Musaffah

ABU DHABI — As many as 133 expatriate workers have been rounded up by the Ministry of Interior’s immigration and police officers for violating residency laws. They were earlier reported to the authorities as absconding from their lawful sponsors.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Thu 15 Sep 2011, 11:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:54 AM

They were caught from a mechanical car repair workshop in the industrial area in Al Musaffah in Abu Dhabi. The facility (the workshop) has been converted into a labour accommodation that lacks even the minimum public safety standards.

The Law Violators and Foreigners Follow Up Department at the Interior Ministry, on Tuesday, launched a broad-scale and intensive crackdown on a number of labour accommodation clusters and suspicious mechanical workshops in the Musaffah industrial area, following information that a number of violators were living there. The action resulted in the arrest of the group and a person (all from Bangladesh), who offered them shelter in the workshop.

The alleged violators tried to hide from the law-enforcement personnel, but they were apprehended, said Major General Nasser bin Al Awadhi Al Minhali, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Exits Affairs. “The arrested men confessed that they had absconded and that they had taken up various mechanical and technical jobs against daily wages,” Major General Minhali explained.

“The UAE laws including the entry and residence of foreigners act have been promulgated to safeguard people and achieve public protection, and any violation of these laws pose a threat to all individuals in the society,” he said. Inspection campaigns launched by the Interior Ministry will continue day and night, he added.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director of the Department for the Follow Up of Law Violators at the NaturaliSation, Residency and Exits at the Interior Ministry criticised the environment in which the law offenders lived in when they were rounded up.

He urged Emiratis and expatriates to report on any infiltrator or law violator and not to hire or shelter them. The public can call the community service telephone 80080 to report.

The law governing the entry and residency of foreigners penalises those who employ or provide shelter to an illegal immigrant by jail term of not less than two months and a fine amounting to Dh100,000.

The law also slaps a fine of Dh50,000 on any employer who hires a foreigner who is not under his sponsorship. Major Minhali attributed the reasons for absconding of employees to the presence of middlemen who does such illegal trade for cheap financial gains.


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