A Nigerian woman accused of bigamy by her husband has finally won the case after two courts intially found her guilty.
The National reported that the husband, who is also Nigerian accused his wife of still being married to her first husband when she married him, which is against the Sharia law in the UAE.
Having filed the case against her in 2015, he explained that he believed his wife was divorced from her first husband when they got married in August 2004.
But when they relocated to Dubai, and he converted to Islam, his wife left him, and while she was away, he found papers stating that she was still married to her first husband.
The wife, however, denied still being married to her first husband and submitted a divorce certificate dated June 22, 2012.
She also explained that she didn’t leave but was kicked out by her second husband and had been supporting herself and her son as he wasn’t helping.
Last year, the woman had been convicted of being married to two men at the same time, making the second marriage illegal and their son is seen as a product of a sexual relationship outside of wedlock.
But for her lawyer, the woman would have been jailed and deported because she was to be investigated for sex outside of wedlock.
With a divorce letter obtained from the Nigerian court where the woman was separated from her first husband, her lawyer explained that she was indeed divorced before getting married to her second husband.
He also stated that she was a victim, who was kicked out of her home because she converted to Islam and had been fending for herself and son since then.
She was granted custody of her son and also her wish to be separated from her second husband.
The court ordered her husband to pay Dh7,500 in alimony per month in addition to Dh60,000 a year for housing purposes and Dh15,000 in a one-off payment for furniture. He was also ordered to pay all educational fees for his son as well as the legal fees of the case. He was also granted visitation rights to see his son.