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                                                                                                                                                                         Thursday, 9th December 2010     15

Trafficking trial
                                                                               n Hotel officials and staff at the Press conference

                                                                                                                                                                                   Five-star hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                   waiters serve
                                                                                                                                                                                   up charity race
                                                                                                                                                                                   FIVE-star          hotels    in
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bahrain will take part in a
                                                                                                                                                                                   first-of-its-kind waiters’ race

verdict date set
                                                                                                                                                                                   for charity, it was announced
                                                                                                                                                                                      they        include      the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain,
                                                                                                                                                                                   sheraton Hotel, Crowne Plaza
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hotel, Diplomat radisson
                                                                                                                                                                                   Blu Hotel, residence and
                                                                                                                                                                                   spa, ritz-Carlton Bahrain
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hotel and spa, Hotel sofitel,
                                                                                                                                                                                   InterContinental regency
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bahrain and Gulf Hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                      the event will be held on
                                                                                                                                                                                   January 8, in collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                                   with the Muharraq Charity
A BAHRAINI, held in Thailand                           By BASMA MOHAMMED                   and working in a massage parlour in        Ministry that proved the man did not         Fund and the arad Bay Park
for more than a year for allegedly                                                         Bahrain.                                   have a hand in bringing the women to         from noon until 4pm.
trafficking women to work as pros-            edly forced them into prostitution.             A document from the Industry and        Bahrain. They state the alleged victims         Mövenpick Hotel general
titutes, will learn his fate next week.          The defendant’s brother, who wished       Commerce Ministry’s commercial reg-        were granted visit visas on arrival at       manager Heinz Krahenbuhl
  Judges at a Thai court adjourned            to be identified only as Khalifa, said the   istration directorate was submitted by     Bahrain International Airport and were       said each hotel would have
                                              family was praying he will be found          the defence lawyer, which states the       never sponsored by the man in Bahrain.       two waiters and two wait-
the session, scheduled to take place on       innocent and released. “We want him          defendant had a building and contract-       The man has been held in Bangkok           resses, who will compete in
Tuesday to issue a verdict.                   to return home safe and be among the         ing business.                              prison since November last year and          the charity race.
  The court will now issue its final          family again,” he said.                         The woman reportedly then diverted      was previously handed a one-month               Participants have to bal-
decision on December 17 after further            The GDN reported last week that the       the issue and said the defendant had       sentence for trying to commit suicide        ance four glasses on a tray
review.                                       man reportedly faced one of his alleged      picked her up at Bahrain International     inside a cell.                               filled with water and move
  The 27-year-old is accused of being         victims in court for the first time during   Airport. In response, the defence team       Thai officials believe he is part of a     through different obstacles
part of an international trafficking ring     a hearing.                                   said it was impossible as the man was      gang involved in a major prostitution        on their way, he told a Press
that lured Thai women to Bahrain with            Mr Khalifa earlier said the woman         out of Bahrain when she arrived.           racket. If convicted, he could face 15 to    conference at the hotel in
promises of jobs as masseuses in hotels.      claimed his brother was responsible             The defence team had also earlier       17 years behind bars.                        Muharraq.
  When they got here, the gang alleg-         for forcing her into the flesh trade         submitted documents by the Interior                              also present were officials
                                                                                                                                                                                   and staff from the hotels tak-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ing part in the competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                      the teams will be racing
                                                                                                                                                                                   against each other to win the
                                                                                                                                                                                   first title of the best waiter
                                                                                                                                                                                   team in Bahrain, added Mr
                                                                                                                                                                                      “Each of the hotels will
                                                                                                                                                                                   provide five-star catering and
                                                                                                                                                                                   specialities from around the
                                                                                                                                                                                   world at a nominal price to
                                                                                                                                                                                   spectators,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                      “the proceedings will
                                                                                                                                                                                   be given to the Muharraq
                                                                                                                                                                                   Charity Fund to support
                                                                                                                                                                                   needy families.”
                                                                         n Retiring Bapco Refining Division head Saleh Ebrahim Al Arrayed was honoured for 28 years                   the race will be held at
                                                                         of service. Division general manager Ebrahim Talib presented him with a gift during a luncheon            the arad Bay Park oppo-
                                                                         attended by colleagues and management. Mr Al Arrayed joined Bapco as trainee accountant before            site Bahrain International
                                                                         working his way through the ranks. Above, Mr Talib, sitting, centre, and Mr Al Arrayed, sitting, fourth
                                                                             from left, with colleagues and other officials. Left, Mr Talib presents a gift to Mr Al Arrayed.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Entrance is free.

                                                                         n Bahrain Malayalee Business Forum (BMBF) chairman Dr George Mathew has been honoured for his services to the community.
                                                                         He was presented with an award by officials from the Kasaragod District Pravasi Association (KDPA). Above, from left, BMBF
                                                                         secretary Basheer Ambalai, KDPA association secretary Shafi Choorippallam, Co-ordination Committee of Indian Associations
                                                                         chairman John Iype, association president Satheesh Edaneer, Dr Mathew and association executive members Unni Krishnan
                                                                                                                  and Mohammed Puzhakkara at the event.

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