Run­away bride told mar­riage is void

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A fa­ther has won a court case against a man who mar­ried his daugh­ter without his con­sent.

The Fed­eral Supreme in Abu Dhabi ruled to an­nul the mar­riage of the Le­banese man and the daugh­ter of the Arab de­fen­dant based on the UAE law that pro­hibits a Mus­lim woman to marry a man without the con­sent of her fa­ther or guardian.

Of­fi­cial court doc­u­ments stated that the cou­ple went to Le­banon where they tied the knot without the con­sent of the woman’s fam­ily.

The fa­ther told the court that the man lured his daugh­ter to go to Beirut, without his knowl­edge, where he mar­ried her without his per­mis­sion and in the ab­sence of any one from the fam­ily.

“I just dis­cov­ered later that the man took my daugh­ter to Le­banon and mar­ried her without my con­sent,” the fa­ther told the court.

“That was un­law­ful and I just could ac­cept it be­cause it’s against our re­li­gion.”

The fa­ther had go to court and re­quested that By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo the mar­riage of his daugh­ter be dis­solved be­cause it vi­o­lated Is­lamic Sharia Law.

The hus­band said he and the woman were madly in love with each other and that they were of­fi­cially mar­ried in Le­banon.

The Court of First In­stance had an­nulled the cou­ple’s mar­riage but the hus­band chal­lenged the rul­ing and the ap­peal court over­turned the rul­ing, main­tain­ing that the cou­ple had gen­uinely mar­ried un­der Le­banese laws.

The fa­ther went to the UAE’s top court, which had can­celled the ap­peal court rul­ing and main­tained the ver­dict by the first court.

The judge said un­der UAE’s fed­eral per­sonal sta­tus law, a Mus­lim woman should get the con­sent of her fa­ther, brother or un­cle to be able to get mar­ried.

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