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Dubai Police search for father who defied court ruling on custody of child to ex-wife

Hesham Salah/Dubai
Filed on August 20, 2020
dubai police, crime, child custody


He brought the child from Malaysia after claiming to his ex-wife that he was taking the boy on a vacation.

The Dubai police are searching for a man who defied a court's ruling that awarded the custody of his nine-year-old son to his ex-wife.  

Emirati lawyer Awatif Mohammad Khouri from Al Rowaad Advocates has filed an application for the arrest of the 45-year-old Malaysian man for the child's mother.

Judges were informed how the man abducted his son from Malaysia in December 2018, two years after he and the child's mother got a divorce.  

He brought the child to Dubai after claiming to his ex-wife that he was taking the boy on a vacation. After reaching Dubai, he stopped responding to the child's mother.  

Instead, he sent her a text message threatening to take the boy away. He even issued a travel ban to ensure that the boy wouldn't leave the country without his knowledge.  

The woman filed a custody case against him, but the case was dismissed by the courts for lack of jurisdiction.  

At the Cessation Court, the dismissal was overturned and a new panel of judges at the Dubai Personal Status Court heard her case again.  

Presiding judge Faraj Mousa Al Galawi was told that the father violated an undertaking he had signed in a Malaysian court to bring the boy back. He also heard how the man had not been providing for his family in their home country.  

 Examining evidence and documents, the judge awarded custody of the child to his mother who arrived in Dubai on July 8 when restrictions on international flights were eased.  

After the man defied the ruling from the court that ordered him to hand over the boy to his mother, an application for his arrest was filed with the court.  

During investigation, the police discovered that the man had resigned his job. To ensure that he doesn't leave the country, the woman's lawyers has already issued a travel ban against him.

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