Three people face charges in UAE court of illicit relations outside of marriage

The Abu Dhabi skyline — it is illegal in the UAE to have physical relations outside of wedlock (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 August 2017
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Three people face charges in UAE court of illicit relations outside of marriage

DUBAI: Three people have been told to provide an Abu Dhabi court with evidence that they have not been involved in illicit relations in two separate cases, UAE daily Gulf News has reported.
In the first case a 32-year-old woman who was visiting the UAE, is accused of having had intercourse and kissing others outside of wedlock.
The woman, who denies the charges, was asked by the judge at the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance: “You don’t know that having sexual intercourse and intimate kissing out of marriage are considered a crime in the UAE?”
It is claimed she had illicit relations with people staying in the apartment with her.
The court has asked her to provide evidence through a defense lawyer backing up her denial.
In a separate case two Arab nationals appeared at the court also accused of having intercourse outside of wedlock.
Again the defendants denied the charges, prompting the judge to say: “You commit the crime and then here you deny that.”
The judge added: “So if you deny these charges, then produce evidence in the next hearing and defend your case.”
Both hearings will return to the court on Sept. 6.


Syria state media says US-led coalition hits regime position in east

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Syria state media says US-led coalition hits regime position in east

  • In the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian government forces have carried out parallel but separate offensives against Daesh
  • Regime forces control land west of the Euphrates River that runs through the province

DAMASCUS: Syrian state media said overnight Sunday to Monday that US-led coalition aircraft had carried out a deadly strike on a regime position in the country’s east near the Iraqi border.
Both US-backed Kurdish-led fighters and Russia-supported regime forces are separately fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
“Aircraft of the American coalition bombarded one of our military positions in the area of Al-Hari southeast of Albu Kamal” town in Deir Ezzor, state news agency SANA reported a military source as saying, adding a number of people had been killed.
IS overran large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” in areas they controlled.
But the jihadists have since lost most of that territory, in Syria seeing their presence largely reduced to the country’s vast desert and a few villages near the frontier with Iraq.
In the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian government forces have carried out parallel but separate offensives against Daesh.
Regime forces control land west of the Euphrates River that runs through the province, while the SDF are battling to expel IS from a string of villages on the river’s eastern banks near the Iraqi border.
Both sides have mostly avoided running into each other and a deconfliction line exists to avoid such incidents.
But there have been exceptions.
In April, rare clashes broke out between both sides, killing more than a dozen combatants.
In February, the US-led coalition backing the SDF carried out air strikes in Deir Ezzor province that killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters.
Washington said the strikes were in retaliation for an attack on its own personnel and SDF forces.