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Family in financial limbo after absconding case

Father-of-three says funds have dried up since he was ‘verbally sacked without pay’ in 2010

  • By Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:01 August 6, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • Jalaludeen Ibrahim during an interview with Gulf News on 1 August, regarding his problems following legal complications.

Dubai: An Indian expat said he fears for his family’s wellbeing due to legal problems which have left them in limbo.

Jalaludeen Ebrahim, 48, said he has no job or money to support his wife and three children since an absconding case was filed against him in 2010 in Abu Dhabi.

He added that their visas have expired and he is unable to renew them.

Ebrahim, who was employed by a car rental firm, claims he never absconded and was not notified of the complaint. He said he is owed a salary and was verbally laid off before the company was sold.

He added that he has received job offers from government and private establishments in the UAE but is unable to process employment formalities because of the case.

“It’s been three years of living in uncertainty and fear, I don’t have a dirham left,” said Ebrahim, from Chennai, India.

“I can’t imagine what will happen to my family if I’m deported. I want to at least clear my name, I’m not an absconder. I want justice, not charity, so I can make an honest living again.”

He said an Abu Dhabi court acknowledged that he had not received a salary and end-of-service dues and could not collect them as his complaint for entitlement in the labour court was filed too late.

The family now lives in a room in a villa in Dubai’s Rashidiya area. Ebrahim said they sold jewellery and other belongings to make ends meet but “now there’s nothing left.”

He owes around Dh4,400 in unpaid rent for two months and about Dh25,000 in outstanding school fees.

“What if we get kicked out, where will we go? My children have already lost a lot of school time, I can’t bear to see them out of school. Some well-wishers from the Malayalam [south Indian] community had helped us survive.

“This is the third Ramadan in a row we’ve spent like this. If we don’t get help in Ramadan — the month of piety and caring — who will help us afterwards? I wish government officials would reopen and reinvestigate my case so that I’m proved innocent.”

He added: “I’ve lived in the UAE since 1996 without committing a single crime. I’m a family man who works hard. I’m not absconding — I’m right here.”

Comments (28)

  1. Added 17:52 August 7, 2013

    It is so sad to hear about their situation.I hope that the Dubai government will take the necessary steps to resolve this issue.

    Abdul kadhar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:35 August 7, 2013

    I wish and pray for the well being of the three children who are for no reason of theirs have been facing this hardship along with their parents. I would suggest the father of three takes a bold step to face the case and the God almighty would be with him to save him if he was innocent. Fear and hiding will result in more trouble and pain. It would be nice that tomorrow you wake up to a good begining and a wonderful life for the five you. God Bless

    Janardhanan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:28 August 7, 2013

    I am really sorry for your problems....but the best thing is to go home...ask the authorities to help you. I am sure they will do this. May Allah help you. help you.

    andreia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:20 August 7, 2013

    Currently, my dad is in jail because of a false absconding case. It has been nearly five months. We are surviving out of our savings. I ask the UAE government to release people who are caught in absconding cases and abolish absconding law entirely. You know that 99% of all absconding cases are false. Why would a person with a family and children studying here abscond from his company? Using common sense, you know that its absurd.

    Anon, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:52 August 7, 2013

    Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar.. May Allah help you.. Inshallah.. He is the most merciful most beneficent.... I plead with the authorities to please look into this poor man's problem.. Just cant imagine the suffering the poor man is going to thru.. I hope nobody lands in such a situation.

    Riyaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:40 August 7, 2013

    May Allah protect all from this kind of tragic situation. You are living in a lawfully well secured country. So please go to Ministry of Labour to file against the old company to get the justice which you deserve. Then they will investigate about your case and will get your final settlement and if any pending salary with legal protection. I am also praying for you and family. I hope to see an updated news soon with good news. Thanks a lot for Gulf news to highlight this kind of issues.

    Ahmed Saleem, Deira, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:34 August 7, 2013

    According to the expatriate words, its his right to get a justice to support his family. People in every corner has to open their mind to prove his innocent.

    kbr, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:48 August 7, 2013

    In the month of Ramadan such a sympathetic case came in light he and his family should get fair trail.If he is innocent he can lead his life more honest way to up bring his children in a proper manner.In future they will become good citizen.Other wise they will become burden for the society To save the family authority should look after his case kindly.

    shaikh mohommed qureshi, mumbai, India

  9. Added 13:47 August 7, 2013

    The long run success is only possible if the GCC adopts internationally acceptable standards and labor law for migrant workers.

    Mark Cuban, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:46 August 7, 2013

    Government should help this family ASAP. Because its not easy to stay without any job.

    idrise, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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