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US judge postpones civil case against Emirati naval officer

Federal judge postpones case against Emirati naval officer accused of holding an unpaid Filipina housemaid in his US home.

A US federal judge yesterday postponed the civil case lodged against an Emirati naval officer accused of holding an unpaid Filipina housemaid in his US home, the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors say Col Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al Ali brought the servant to the US, then failed to pay her and kept her confined to his house.

Col Al Ali, who denies the charges, came to study at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

The civil suit, filed by the maid to claim damages, is on hold until after the criminal proceeding are complete.