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Woman cleared of threatening to destroy ex-husband’s shop

Court acquits woman of threats to wreck roastery if her passport not returned

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Dubai: A woman has been cleared of threatening to destroy the roastery of her former husband if he did not return her passport.

The 43-year-old Syrian roastery owner received a call from his 28-year-old countrywoman ex-wife when he was in his shop in March.

The ex-wife reportedly told him that she would destroy his shop if he did not hand back her passport.

The Syrian man went to the nearest police station and complained against his ex-wife and alleged that she had threatened him.

On Monday, the Dubai Court of First Instance acquitted the Syrian woman of verbally threatening to wreck her former husband’s shop due to lack of corroborated evidence.

The woman, who had pleaded not guilty, was present in court and heard thanking God shortly after presiding judge Habib Awad pronounced her innocent.

The former husband alleged to prosecutors that the incident occurred while his countryman friend was present with him at his shop.

“I put my ex-wife on speaker and she said she would destroy my shop if I did not give her back her passport,” he testified to prosecutors.

The Syrian friend claimed to prosecutors that he overheard the suspect threatening to wreck the roastery if the former husband did not give the passport back.

“That did not happen,” the 28-year-old woman told the court as she presented a written defence in which she asked to be acquitted.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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