A United Arab Emirates naval officer who attends the Newport-based Naval War College was charged Tuesday with luring a foreign servant to the United States, then failing to pay her and keeping her confined in his house.
During an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Providence, Col. Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al-Ali pleaded not guilty to visa fraud and lying to a government official. A federal magistrate judge released him on personal recognizance.
Al-Ali will continue his studies at the college, said Cmdr. Carla McCarthy, a spokeswoman for the college.
So let’s see. A foreign national, being trained by our military, engages in fraud to import a servant to the United States and then keeps her as a slave in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment because it is part of his culture. Our courts release him without bail, despite the fact that it would be quite easy for him to return home and escape any punishment because what he did is accepted practice there. And then our government is going to continue to train him in at our most prestigious school for naval officers, despite his offenses. Am I the only one who is disgusted?