x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

US trial of Emirati accused of not paying maid suspended

Naval officer accused of keeping Filipina housemaid confined without pay.

The US trial of an Emirati naval officer accused of keeping an unpaid Filipina servant confined in his home has been put on hold over concerns about whether her testimony was translated accurately.

Elizabeth Cabitla Ballesteros testified this week that she feared Colonel Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed al Ali, was told not to speak with outsiders and was made to work long hours without pay.

Mr Ali's defence lawyer, Robert Corrente, has called for her testimony to be thrown out and the interpreter to be dismissed. The trial has been adjourned until Friday.

Mr Ali, who had been studying at a naval college in Rhode Island, has pleaded not guilty to visa fraud and lying to a government official.