Abu Dhabi arrests 4 expatriates to Qatar and refuses to release them
It has been more than two months since five Indian fishermen, based out of Al Wakrah, were detained in Abu Dhabi for allegedly crossing over into their territorial waters.
However, now it has emerged that they are continuing in the Abu Dhabi jail as the blockade is preventing their Qatari sponsor from paying a fine of QR4,000 for their release.
The South Asian Fishermen Fraternity (SAFF), based in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, requested immediate steps to be taken for their swift release.
The fishermen are Jerald Reegan (31), Karol Jahin (26), John Prabhahar (40), Reegan Jeo Gladwin (35) and Jose Stalin (32), all natives of Kadiyapatanam coastal village in Kanyakumari district, SAFF General Secretary Fr Churchil, said.
Fr Churchil explained that after 65 days of imprisonment, the five fishermen were ordered by a court in Abu Dhabi to pay a fine of QR4,000 and undergo one month imprisonment.
“Though the fishermen have already served the jail term, the Qatari sponsor is unable to transfer QR4,000 to Abu Dhabi due to the blockade against Qatar by other Gulf countries,” he said.
“The families of the fishermen cannot afford to pay the fine in Abu Dhabi court. Therefore SAFF, along with the families of the fishermen, has requested the Government of India and the State of Tamil Nadu to pay the fine for their release,” he added.