Man gets eight-year jail for molesting 'adopted' minor girl

Mary Nammour (Our staff reporter)
Filed on June 25, 2008

DUBAI — In a bizarre case, 53-year-old UAE national A.S. was yesterday sentenced to eight years in jail for molesting his illegally adopted minor daughter repeatedly and for misrepresentation of facts to obtain her birth certificate. His wife, M.K., 30, was awarded a three-year jail term for helping him to obtain the certificate.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance, however, acquitted her of aiding in the child's molestation.

The court also sentenced the child's Iranian biological mother, M.A., 30, and an Emirati housewife, M.B., 30, who mediated between the couple and the Iranian, to five years in jail followed by deportation for helping A.S. to get the birth certificate. M.A. would be deported after serving the jail term.

The case came to light on July 12, 2007, when a neighbour of the Emirati couple living in Rashidiya area filed a report with the police that the girl, only six then, confided to her that her ‘father’, A.S., had been molesting her.

According to the court records, the sequence of events started in February, 2001, when M.A. who was pregnant from an illicit relation met with the Emirati couple through M.B. The couple offered to adopt the baby.

'I struck a deal with M.A. to buy the child if it is a girl for Dh15,000,' M.K. admitted during interrogation.

'We handed over two photocopies of our passports to the hospital. My husband signed on the birth certificate stating that the child is ours. Using this certificate, we got a UAE passport issued for the girl, showing she was our daughter,' M.K. said.

As per the court papers, the man molested his adopted daughter in 2007.

The girl finally confided in a close neighbour about what she had been enduring. The neighbour reported it to the police.

The criminal evidence report showed the clothes of the girl seized by the police from A.S.'s house in Rashidiya had traces of sperm on them. The sperm matched with his DNA.

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