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Abu Dhabi: A wife has filed for divorce after her husband installed spyware on her smartphone to secretly monitor her conversations and calls and ruin her relationship with a freind, local media reported.

The abusive husband, in his 30s, reportedly ruined his wife’s relationship with a friend by misrepresenting a copy of the messages between the two women and sending the misleading messages to the other woman’s husband.

The husband’s intrusive act prompted the wife to file for divorce, demanding that he be punished for spying and wiretapping, by planting spyware on her phone without her knowledge. The wife said her husband did so after he bought her a new phone.

Lawyer Abdul Rahman Al Harbi said what the husband did is a crime for which he will be held accountable, in accordance with the Cybercrime Combating Law.

“If convicted, the husband could face one year imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 riyals,” he added.

Family counselor Saleh Al Ghamdi said the loss of trust between spouses is the main motive for one of them to wiretap and spy on the other. Some people are just suspicious – paranoid even.

If your spouse has been cheated on in the past, then he or she might be particularly concerned about it happening again. If you’re the one who cheated before, then your spouse has good reason to be suspicious.

Some people are insecure. An insecure spouse might want the reassurance that you’re not cheating or lying.

Some people are controlling. They know knowledge is power and they want to have power over other people. Knowing what you’re up to – even if it’s completely innocent – makes them feel like they’re in charge.

Al Ghamdi added: “There is no doubt spying ruins the relationship between spouses and ends in separation.