English Daily Faces Dh1m Defamation Suit

DUBAI — A British resident has filed a defamation suit against a Dubai-based English daily and is demanding Dh1 million in damages for publishing a story about his wife, who was later convicted of adultery.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Mon 31 Aug 2009, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:25 AM

The case came up before a civil court on Sunday.

The man was infuriated when the daily named the woman in a report and published her photograph.

He is claiming damages for the emotional, social and financial harm brought to his family by thenewspaper report.

“They did not show any respect for the family’s privacy, nor did they think about how the published story could affect the husband’s reputation,” a source close to the case told Khaleej Times.

What made things worse for the plaintiff is the fact that the story quickly spread in the United Kingdom thanks to the report published in the Dubai daily, the source added.

On Sunday, the newspaper’s counsel, Abdullah Rashid Al Hilali, sought time from the court for preparing his argument. Judge Nasr Eddine Ahmed Ali posted the case to September 27.

The complainant had won a case of divorce and custody of the two children he had from his ex-wife.

On June 2, the Court of Misdemeanours jailed the woman and her compatriot boyfriend for two months and ordered their deportation for engaging in illicit relationship.

The 43-year-old British woman had admitted on May 19 that she had an extra-marital relationship withher boyfriend.

The duo was caught by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers around 2.30am on May 2 when they emerged from a five-star hotelin Dubai.

When questioned, the British woman admitted having spent the night with her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, the same daily is facing another defamation suit in which an Egyptian resident is seeking Dh5 million compensation.

Men on Trial for Robbery

Two men were on trial on Sunday for entering an apartment of Filipinos at night and stealing cash and valuables after posing as CID officers.

Another suspect is still being sought by the authorities. The Syrian and the Jordanian suspects are believed to have used knives to intimidate the plaintiffs and force them to give up their belongings. Mobile phones, sunglasses, cash money, laptops, ATMs, health cards, labour cards and other belongings were stolen.— mary@khaleejtimes.ae

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