15 illegals held in Sharjah, 77 in RAK

As many as 77 people were arrested in Ras Al Khaimah and a further 15 arrested in Sharjah after they were discovered to have been flouting residency laws.

By Ahmed Shaaban And Amira Agarib

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Published: Sat 27 Apr 2013, 9:17 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:56 AM

The arrests followed raids undertaken as part of campaigns to clamp down on illegal residents, following the expiry of the two-month amnesty period that allowed illegal residents to exit the country without penalty.

The RAK Directorate General for Residency and Foreigners Affairs director general Brigadier Sultan Al Nuaimi said officials arrested 77 illegal residents several days ago, from the Old Red Island or Al Jazeera Al Hamra — known for labour accommodations and old traditional houses.

“The detainees, all Asians, proved to have overstayed their visit or residence visa, and no infiltrators were reported.”

The UAE Ministry of Interior had issued a statement on February 2 stating inspection raids would be launched upon the end of the amnesty period. A fine of Dh50,000 will be imposed on any employer providing work to an illegal resident.

Major-General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs at the Interior Ministry, said those overstaying should change their legal status if they could.

In Sharjah, the arrested suspects were mainly from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria and India. They were found engaged in various illegal activities, 
such as begging and street vending at various areas in the 

The police campaign will continue till there are no more violators working and staying illegally in the country, police said.


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