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UAE to deport jailed expats for sex outside of wedlock

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DUBAI: An Egyptian woman has been jailed by Dubai courts for a month after she fell pregnant outside of wedlock.
The woman, who will be deported once she has served her sentence, had been in a relationship with a Palestinian man until he broke it off when she fell pregnant in 2016 according to local press reports.
She was staying with a male friend when she went into labor. The man took her to hospital, but the baby was stillborn.

Hospital staff called police when the woman failed to produce a marriage certificate following the birth to prove the father’s identity.

It is illegal in the UAE to have sex out of wedlock and unmarried women who have a baby in the country are immediately reported to the police – although the woman did claim she and the Palestinian were married according to customs in her country.

The woman pleaded guilty to having consensual sex outside of marriage, but the Palestinian denied the charges and instead claimed the baby must have been that of the woman’s male friend who she had been staying with.
The flat mate told the cold that Egyptian woman’s lover regularly visited her and stayed over in her room.
The two defendants appealed the one month jail terms and deportations, but the Dubai Appeal Court upheld the sentences.
The male defendant challenged the second ruling, seeking an acquittal at the Dubai Cassation Court.
His lawyer told the court that legal procedures had not been carried out correctly. He claimed he had not had intercourse with the woman and that her allegations were a rouse to protect her flat mate who she had really fallen pregnant with.
The lawyer told the court that a DNA test should have been conducted in order to back up their claims.

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