Re: Zainal Adnan Khairuddin, PECD Officer in Dubai Police Lockup
The above kindly referred.
I am Arina Abdullah the wife of the above named and mother of his 4 children.
This letter comes to you with the hope that our trouble would be heard and not regarded as petty or nuisance to those involved.
My husband has been a loyal servant of Peremba Construction for 10 years. Started from E5 position and now a E2 plus a possible jail sentence of up to 3 years. A fact, but not very easy to accept.
After being moved to Dubai, in 2005 my husband’s employment status was changed to contract basis adhering to company policy, which expires today. We were supposed to have left for Morocco for Zainal to start with his new job there. We thought it had ended quite well as Zainal waited until the completion of his contract and his successor to take over about a month prior to our departure.
To our dismay, Zainal was informed verbally on his last day in office, about a travel ban being imposed on him due to 2 bounced company cheques (he would then be on 35 days annual leave). After about 2 weeks of waiting for any kind of progress or proofs of any charge against him, Zainal became restless and frustrated with the cold shoulder treatment received. So we decided to get confirmation from the immigration department.
Zainal was detained at the immigration department in Terminal 1, Dubai, without any plane ticket or even reservation made earlier. It was a very unfortunate way of finding out.
Today is his 23rd day in detention; all the company could say to me is that they are doing their best to come up with AED1.3mil to pay KELE as an out of court settlement. No time frame is given.
I on the other hand, after a few days of the arrest, with tremendous help from Malaysian community in Dubai, have taken the initiative of engaging a local lawyer since the company lawyer for some reasons, stayed away from Zainal.
Come 16 October, Zainal will face a court hearing with an almost guilty sentence, as according to our lawyer, signing a cheque without funds is a crime in UAE regardless it being a company or personal ones. Defence from lawyer may only reduce or minimise the sentence.
I am aware and understand that PECD LLC Dubai is facing serious financial problems. Staffs’ 2 current months salary (August and September) are still due, including Zainal’s and some staffs accommodations are also behind in rents. More worrying is the high possibility that these 2 cheques may not be the only ones getting bounced.
Therefore, the only help that Zainal, our 4 school going children and I, can hope to get, would have to come from the HQ.
I plead someone to listen.
I plead somebody to help.
I plead my husband to be freed.
I thank you for your kind attention and time.