Family in financial limbo after absconding case

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

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Jalaludeen Ibrahim during an interview with Gulf News on 1 August, regarding his problems following legal complications.
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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.”

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  • Abdul kadhar

    07-Aug-2013 17:52

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

  • Janardhanan

    07-Aug-2013 17:35

    I wish and pray for the well being of the three children who are for noreason of theirs have been facing this hardship along with theirparents. I would suggest the father of three takes a bold step to facethe case and the God almighty would be with him to save him if he wasinnocent. Fear and hiding will result in more trouble and pain. It wouldbe nice that tomorrow you wake up to a good begining and a wonderfullife for the five you. God Bless

  • andreia

    07-Aug-2013 17:28

    I am really sorry for your problems....but the best thing is to gohome...ask the authorities to help you. I am sure they will do this. MayAllah help you. help you.

  • Anon

    07-Aug-2013 17:20

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

  • Riyaz

    07-Aug-2013 16:52

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

  • Ahmed Saleem

    07-Aug-2013 14:40

    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 anupdated news soon with good news. Thanks a lot for Gulf news to highlight this kind of issues.

  • kbr

    07-Aug-2013 14:34

    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.

  • shaikh mohommed qureshi

    07-Aug-2013 13:48

    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 thesociety To save the family authority should look after his case kindly.

  • Mark Cuban

    07-Aug-2013 13:47

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

  • idrise

    07-Aug-2013 13:46

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

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

Abdul kadhar

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