In Dubai, an Arab ambassador was given an annulment by a Sharia court from a woman who he claims used a niqab to hide her crossed eyes and facial hair. He claims to have only met the woman a few times before their marriage and she always wore a veil. He accused her mother of showing him a picture of her sister to induce the marriage. He also asked, as an alternative if the divorce was not granted, that the court to order her to undergo hormonal treatments for her “beard.”
The ambassador is left unidentified beyond his holding the title “minister plenipotentiary.”
After they signed their marriage contract, the ambassador went to kiss his new wife and saw her face for the first time. He has sued for the contract to be annulled and demanded the woman pay him 500,000 dirhams (£85,000) for clothes, jewelry and other gifts that he had bought for her.
The court annulled the contract but rejected the ambassador’s demand for compensation. During the course of the litigation, the Sharia court referred the bride to a specialist on hormonal problems. The specialist found that she did not have a hormonal problem. The woman is a physician who was allowed to keep the gifts.
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