Man accused of kidnap tells Abu Dhabi court victim is his wife

A Syrian mechanic said they had been married for more than three years and his wife was only making the claims because he discovered she had two daughters he knew nothing about.

ABU DHABI // A Syrian man who is accused of kidnapping a woman told the criminal court that his victim was actually his wife.

On Sunday, T M said they had been married for more than three years and she was only making the claims because he discovered she had two daughters he knew nothing about.

T M said on the day of the alleged incident, he dropped his wife off at her friends’ house. Later that evening, he went to pick her up and found her wearing revealing clothes and smoking shisha, which he objected to.

He said he took her home with him, but then two girls who were with the victim, whom he assumed were her nieces, reported him to police and accused him of kidnap.

“When the police came they told me her daughters accused you,” said T M. “I then discovered that her nieces were in fact her daughters but she did not tell me before marriage.”

He insisted that he had married the woman in Syria, which was attended by his family members and one of her relatives.

When asked about the marriage contract, he said his wife had the original contract and he only had a copy.

When police went to arrest him he asked them to collect his belongings and documents, but the officers refused. After he was released by police, he said he returned to his house to search for the documents, but he found the furniture “upside down” and the documents were missing.

He claimed that his wife owed him Dh 170,000 worth as well as the cost of a car he had bought her.

“What job did you have that earns you that much money?” asked Chief Justice Sayed Abdul Baseer.

TM said he restores old and used cars then resells them.

“I profit around Dh10,000 to Dh15,000 per car, and I’ve been doing this job for three years,” he said.

He asked for four witnesses, including the victim’s brother to testify that he was married to the woman.

The case was adjourned until May 18.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: May 4, 2014 04:00 AM

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