Court orders sponsor to pay maid SR68,000

Updated 19 March 2015
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Court orders sponsor to pay maid SR68,000

A high court judge has ordered a Saudi sponsor to pay his Sri Lankan housemaid SR68,000 in back wages owed for the past 13 years.
The high court in Hail, about 400 km from Riyadh, ruled that the sponsor must pay Seda Cader Ismail Asia Umma, 59, the money and her airfare home to Colombo.
She is currently staying at the Women’s Welfare Camp in Hail, under police protection. The Saudi sponsor, Mubarak Al-Qahtani, has launched an appeal against the judgment at the final court of appeal in Riyadh.
Umma, from Beruwela in Sri Lanka, had come to the Kingdom for an agreed wage of SR400 a month.
An official from the Sri Lankan Embassy told Arab News that she had sought work in the Kingdom to help her three school-going daughters.
The mission, he said, spotted the case when the sponsor came to the embassy to renew her passport in 2014. Following formal inquiries, the mission’s officials found that the maid had been kept as a slave and not paid her salary from the time she arrived. The embassy registered a complaint with the police.
The official said he hoped the appeals court would reject the sponsor’s attempt to overturn the verdict. He said the embassy would transport Umma to Riyadh where the appeal would be heard.
The official said Umma had been in the Saudi household for such a long time that she has forgotten Tamil, her mother tongue. Now she only speaks Arabic. She is determined to go home and has thanked the embassy officials for helping to free her, he said.
The Sri Lankan Embassy is open round-the-clock for distressed housemaids seeking emergency assistance. It deals largely with cases of non-payment of salaries and breach of contract.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Mohamed told Arab News that the embassy makes sure it only handles genuine cases. It does not accept illegal Sri Lankan workers under its welfare program, he said.


FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan
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FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

  • He was appointed to this position in June 2017
  • Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan is the Saudi ambassador to Germany. 

He was appointed to this position in June 2017. Prince Khalid is the son of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the former head of Saudi intelligence.

He has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years. Prince Khalid has also worked at the UN’s department of political affairs in New York. Prince Khalid bin Bandar is also the executive chairman of Dayım Holding, established in 2006 to act as a vehicle for investment, strategic partnerships and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia. 

He also headed Hertz Equipment Rental in Saudi Arabia, and led several other key business ventures. 

Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies. He also graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy as a commissioned officer, before obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Prince Khalid married Lucy Caroline Cuthbert in 2011. She is the maternal niece of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. The ambassador was recently interviewed by German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag in which he commented on Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s case.

“The whole thing is a tragedy. For his family, but also for our country. I am very sad to see how much of our work has been destroyed as a result. We will ensure that those responsible are punished,” the envoy said. “We do not deal with dissidents and exiles in this way. They remain Saudi citizens and if they have problems, we take care of them. homeland is there for them.”