UAE: Man files lawsuit against wife over alleged borrowed funds, loses case

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Abu Dhabi - He said his wife asked him to lend her the money, so she could present the minimum bank balance required to apply for a Canadian visa.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 4:01 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 4:02 PM

An Abu Dhabi court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a resident demanding that his wife return a deposit of Dh37,000 he'd made to her bank account while she was allegedly chasing a Canadian entry permit.

The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance heard that the Arab man had deposited the cash into his wife’s bank account at the woman's alleged request, so she could demonstrate a reasonable bank balance in her account.

He said the wife told him to lend her the cash because she needed to present a bank statement with a minimum balance as a requirement for applying for the Canadian visa.

The man said in his lawsuit that his wife had agreed to return his money immediately after she was done with the visa process. However, he said that the woman neither returned the money to him nor applied for the visa.

The man said this forced him to file a lawsuit against her so that the court could compel her to return the Dh37,000 she took from him. He also demanded a 12 per cent interest on the cash from the date of filing the case.

The man presented a copy of their marriage contract to the court, as well as a receipt for the deposit he'd made to his wife's account.

In court, the woman refuted the man’s claims, stressing that she had never borrowed the said cash. She said her husband was, in fact, paying back the money he had received after selling her gold jewellery during a previous period of financial difficulty.

The woman told the court that she was still married to her husband and loved him.

When the court asked the husband if he had evidence to prove that he had lent the cash to the woman, he replied, “No”. But he insisted that his wife be made to make a decisive oath — which she did, denying borrowing money from him.

After hearing from all parties, the court dismissed the case and ordered the husband to pay for the legal expenses.

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