UAE nationals arrested for human trafficking, drugs

CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Elements of Police Station 4 of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) took into custody two United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals at a hotel inside Camp John Hay for allegedly violating the country’s Human Trafficking and Anti-Drug laws August 2, authorities said in a belated report released Thursday, August 4.

According to Supt. Cherry Fajardo, chief of the regional police Public Information Office, Station 4 operatives were alerted by The Manor security manager Jose Victor Trinidad of the suspicious activities of suspects Abdelrahman Mohamed Rashid Mansouri Alsuaidi, 33 years old, single, a municipal inspector of the UAE, and Waleed Shamlan Mohamed Shamlan Alshuweihi, 46, single, unemployed, at their room in the hotel.

Trinidad explained that when he went to the room of the two UAE nationals, he found three women, two of whom were minors, who were allegedly being coerced into smoking marijuana inside the room.

Trinidad immediately reported the incident to Station 4 operatives who in turn swooped down on the two and found out that one of the minors alleged to having being raped by one of the suspects.

Together with members of the Scene of the Crime Office (SOCO), Station 4 policemen processed the room and discovered a pack of cigarettes containing nine transparent sachets with dried leaves which they suspected to be marijuana.

Inquest prosecutor Maria Nenita Opiana, village councilman Eduardo Macaraeg of Scout Barrio village and local radio reporter Mary Ann Wandas witnessed the search and inventory of the pieces of evidence.

The two were brought to Station 4 and cases of violation of trafficking of women and anti-drug laws were filed against them.

Meanwhile, Fajardo also said that a drowning incident involving a German national was reported in Bontoc town of Mountain Province last August 2.

Fajardo said that Judith Kiesl, 28, single, a German, was rafting the Chico River together with her fellow German and local friends at about 8:30 in the morning of August 2.

She said Kiesl was accompanied in the raft by fellow Germans Arian Grischa Herbig, 30, Christoph Sebastian Kaufman, 28, single, Paul Jonathan Roch, 28, single, Goslar Dasselstr, 55, Cologui Alh Eppelheimer, and rafting guide Steven Rogers, and Frenzel Sumeg-ang and Alfred Batnag Bacagan, both of Sagada town, Mountain Province.

When the group reached the Chaklikan Chakso area of the river, the raft accidentally hit a rock, causing it to tilt and the party fell into the river.

Most of them were able to swim back to the river bank except Kiesl who was missing.

The group tried to search for her but they were unable to find her.

A subsequent community search revealed that Kiesl was underwater between two stones.

She was brought to the Bontoc General Hospital but was declared dead upon arrival by attending physicians while the others were treated for minor injuries.

Doctors said the cause of Kiesl’s death was determined to be hypoxia and drowning.

Her body was immediately brought to Baguio City prior to transport to the German Embassy in Manila. PNA/