Crime and Courts

UAE: Man ordered to pay Dh465,000 to wife for transferring cash without her consent

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on March 14, 2021 | Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 01.08 pm
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Abu Dhabi Appeals Court upholds lower court's verdict for unlawful withdrawal of sum

A husband, who was convicted of transferring cash from the bank account of his wife without her consent, has been ordered to pay her Dh465,000 by the Abu Dhabi Appeals Court.

The Abu Dhabi Appeals Court has upheld the earlier ruling of the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, a lower court, which had ordered the defendant, who is of Arab origin, to pay back the cash he unlawfully took from his wife and also pay for her legal expenses.

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Official court documents revealed that the wife had filed a lawsuit against her husband demanding that he returned her company shares and the cash he took from her personal bank account under the powers of attorney she had granted to him.

The wife said she had given the powers of attorney to her husband to manage her properties and bank accounts and stocks. She said the husband managed her properties on her behalf for 15 years.

Later, she found out that he unlawfully transferred money from her bank accounts to his without her consent. She also alleged that he also took money from her rental income but never owned up to the unlawful act.

She had urged the authorities to investigate the matter and ascertain his alleged wrongdoing. She had demanded that he pay her backDh2 million he had received from her rental income over the past 15 years.

Earlier, the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance had convicted the husband and ordered him to pay Dh465,000 based on a report issued by an expert accountant assigned by the court to look into the matter.

The defendant challenged the verdict and cited that it was null and void because of a legal error.

He claimed that his wife had made false and contradicting statements in her lawsuit. However, the Abu Dhabi Appeals Court rejected his claims and ordered him to pay Dh465,000 along with her legal expenses.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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