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Dubai court ‘clears’ Filipina, 2 others of locking up 5 Pinays

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A Dubai court overturned the conviction of a Filipina and two others who were accused of locking up five Filipina maids in a building housing a recruitment firm in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dubai Court of Appeal ruled the defendants did not have any criminal intent to keep the maids under lock and key.

It said the maids “were free to walk inside the office and used to go out for shopping,” adding the office served as a temporary residence for the maids (https://gulfnews.com/uae/crime/filipina-maids-escape-from-dubai-building-using-knotted-bedsheets-1.70308053).

Also, the judge said the defendants “used to lock their door so that they could remain protected.”

Cleared were a 53-year-old Jordanian businessman and his Egyptian partner and Filipina employee, who were charged with keeping the maids in illegal confinement.

Initially, they were given a suspended sentenced of six months by the Dubai Court of First Instance.

Court records showed the maids had managed to escape from the window using knotted bedsheets, but one was injured when the bedsheets gave way.

A Filipina maid testified she arrived in the UAE to work as a housemaid in August 2018. She said she was employed in a house for three months until the owner sent her back to the recruitment agency.

She said she was locked inside the apartment and was not allowed to step outside, adding the defendants threaten to beat her up if she dared to escape.

The appeal verdict can be challenged within 30 days.

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