x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Naval officer defaults civil case in US

Col Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al Ali was acquitted last year of luring her to the United States, failing to pay her and keeping her confined in his house.

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND // An Emirati naval officer has defaulted in a civil case brought by a servant who claimed she had not been paid for long hours of work.

A federal judge in Rhode Island signed the order of default against Col Arif Al Ali on Monday after he failed to defend himself.

His lawyer withdrew from the case in January, saying Col Al Ali did not want to spend more money on the lawsuit.

Since then, letters sent to his address in the UAE have been returned as undeliverable.

Despite ruling against the officer, the court is yet to announce what sanction it has decided on.

Col Al Ali was arrested last year and charged with taking the Filipina Elizabeth Cabitla Ballesteros to the US, failing to pay her and confining her to his house.

He was acquitted of the criminal charges last year.

The Filipina then launched a civil suit against the officer.

Ms Ballesteros accompanied the officer's family two years ago to Rhode Island, where he was studying for a year at the US Naval War College in Newport.

He has since finished the course.

His wife and five children returned to the Emirates in April last year.

* With Associated Press