Dubai An Emirati student has won his legal battle against his countrywoman, who claimed that he threatened to kill her if she refused to allow him to marry her daughter.
The 19-year-old Emirati daughter was said to have got acquainted with the 23-year-old student over the Internet when he claimed to her that he was a girl and they chatted on MSN Messenger.
The girl’s mother claimed to the police that the student phoned her and threatened to kill her and her daughter if she stood against their marriage.
The student firmly refused what he described as ‘fabricated and groundless accusations’ and pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Appeal Court.
Presiding Judge Mustafa Al Shennawi on Wednesday rejected the prosecutors’ appeal to imprison the student and upheld his acquittal.
The primary court earlier cleared the suspect over lack of evidence.
“I provided him with my contact number. When I discovered that he is a man, I hung up the phone. He persistently called me wanting us to date. He also asked to marry him… but when my mother and I rejected his proposal, he threatened to kill us,” claimed the 19-year-old.
The girl claimed that the student, M.B., threatened to kill her and her family and to burn her car.
“I did not do so. Her claims were fabricated. I did not threaten to kill them or to burn her vehicle. She does not even have a car,” M.B. defended.
The student further accused the girl and her mother of bringing the case against him out of malice.
The girl alleged that she replaced her old mobile number with a new one but he called her again.
“I constantly refused to date him. One day he threatened me over the phone by saying ‘I will kill you and your brothers if you refuse to marry me’,” alleged the girl.
The mother reported the student to the police because he called them again despite having warned him earlier not to do so.
Wednesday’s judgement remains subject to appeal before the Cassation Court within 30 days.