A criminal court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has acquitted a Filipino domestic worker of the charge of child molestation.
Mariam Kusain Abdullah was charged in September 2012 after her employers alleged that she molested their children–ages one, six and seven–who were all under her care. The employers wanted the capital punishment for Kusain. Her case gained a lot of media exposure both in UAE and the Philippines.
In a statement, the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai welcomed the acquittal, which was handed down on May 28 by the Dubai Dirst Instance Court.
The Consulate General’s Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Section, which has constantly monitored the case since its filing, engaged the services of Dar Al Bayan Advocates and Legal Consultants to represent Kusain. Her agency, Forsan Gulf Labor Supply, also supported her while the case was being heard.
“The Consulate General and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Dubai will extend all appropriate assistance to Kusain until her repatriation,” the statement said.
Kusain will have to stay in Dubai while her employers decide whether to appeal the case. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON