Man makes death threats after son claims he doesn't recognise him in UAE
Dubai - The woman reported her ex-husband to the police on January 28.
A man, who was sentenced to one-month jail term for sending death threats, has appealed and is awaiting a verdict from a higher court.
He had threatened to kill his ex-wife if he loses the custody of their three children whom he had not met for over six years.
The Emirati man, 35, arrived at his ex-wife's home in Oud Al Mutainah on January 16 where his son didn't recognise him as the father. The son went to his mother inside the house to tell her about a stranger who claimed to be his father.
The mother, 36, was bewildered and spoke to the man from behind the door.
"He was threatening that if he didn't win the custody case he filed, he would kill me," said the mother to the court, adding that he asked to see his children, aged 6, 10, and 12, but she told him that everything has to be done through court.
"He didn't ask about them or come to see them in six years, after we divorced," she said.
The 12-year-old daughter testified that after her brother stormed into the house talking about a man claiming to be their father, she followed her mother towards the door to eavesdrop. "I heard my mother talking about court proceedings and then I heard him say that if the judge didn't give him custody, he will kill her," said the girl.
The woman reported her ex-husband to the police on January 28.
The man denied issuing death threats claiming that he was at her house to get the Makani number which was requested of him by the court.
"I saw my son and told him I was his father. He then told his mother that I was outside. When she came to the door, I asked her if she can let me see the kids, but she screamed at me and said that I can see them through the court after which I left the place," said the man.
Lawyer's point of viewA father who hadn't seen his three children for nearly six years to the extent that they didn't recognise him when he appeared at their doorstep is unlikely to win the custody case he filed, according to an expert.
Hassan Elhais, legal consultant and family law expert from Al Rowad Advocates said the Family Court takes several factors into consideration and ensures children's safety is its top priority. He explained that a criminal conviction against the father and that he didn't see them in a long time and hadn't been paying their living expenses, will be taken into account by the court.
"As per law, children under the age of 11 are almost by default under the custody of mothers," Elhais said, pointing out that only if the father provides a proof of major events that were reasons for not meeting kids earlier, that the court might reconsider his case.