Crackdown on Residency Law Violators in Capital

ABU DHABI — Policemen in Abu Dhabi launched a major crackdown on 13 residential apartments in the Capital on Tuesday after midnight, and arrested 38 for violating the residency law, and absconding their lawful sponsors.

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Published: Fri 21 Aug 2009, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:23 AM

The six-hour campaign was launched by the law-violators and foreigners followup division at the General Department of Naturalization and Residency in collaboration with the followup section at the Naturalization and Residency Department in Abu Dhabi.

The crackdowns were made following reports made by the sponsors regarding their runaway domestic servants, all Asian and African origin.

Four Arab and Asian men were caught on suspicion of bringing in, hiring and sheltering them, Major General Nasser Al Awadhi Al Minhali, acting director general of the General Department of Naturalization and Residency disclosed.

He said, “The followup section of law-violators at the Abu Dhabi Naturalization and Residency Department learned from confidential sources that there were a number of female infiltrators and law-violators in suspicious residential flats in different parts of the Capital, namely the Tourist Club, Khalidiya, the Power House, Zayed First, Muroor and Airport localities.”

After obtaining search warrants from the public prosecution, the task forces including policewomen were assigned to raid the suspected places.

Only one woman was found to have entered the country illegally, and made her way to the Capital on foot from the point she sneaked into UAE.

The four persons who brought, hired and sheltered them, were referred to the Public Prosecution for interrogation, before being sent to the court to stand trial.

Legal action will be taken, unexceptionally, against any person found recruiting, helping, exploiting or encouraging residency law violators or illegal immigrants.

Under the law, he who employs or shelter an infiltrator, will be sentenced to jail term for not less than two months and a fine of Dh 100,000.

A fine amounting to Dh50,000 will be slapped on any employer of an establishment who recruits a foreigner, who is not on his visa, or he left him without job, or to work with other employer, without complying to the conditions and terms regarding the sponsorship transfer or without obtaining a permit for the same.

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