Generous RAK judge pays dad's debt
A chief judge has paid fines wracked up by a man who said he failed to get a visa for his baby because he couldn't raise the money.
The baby boy was born in the UAE during political unrest in the father’s home country of Egypt last year.
The dad, who lives in Ras Al Khaimah, could not get a passport for his son because of the problems in his home country. That meant he could not apply for a visa and totted up fines for the infant’s overstay in the Emirates.
RAK Court of Naturalisation and Residence ordered him to pay the fines - which amounted to about Dhs2,000 - but the man could not find the money due to financial problems.
So he went to the office of Chief Justice Ahmed Mohammed Al Khatri, the head of the Court of Naturalisation and Residency, and requested for a reduction after explaining his situation. A court official told 7DAYS yesterday that the judge told the father not to worry as his problem would be solved. He then asked him to go his secretary and sign some documents.
The man was later surprised when he was told his fine had been paid off.
“The Chief Justice said he knows your situation and has decided to pay the fine for you,” the secretary told him. Chief Justice Al Khatri said the father had little to do with his baby’s overstayed problem and it was due to the unrest in Egypt.
The father said he had been trying to resolve the matter since last summer.
“I have been trying to clear my son’s overstay issue so that we can travel back home,” he said, thanking the judge for his kindness and generosity.