Manama: A man divorced his bride on their wedding night after he was given intimate pictures of her by her former lover.

The couple were at the hotel where the wedding celebration was hosted when the groom was given a bouquet of flowers and an envelope that contained a flash memory stick. A note urged the groom to look at the pictures of his bride.

Shocked by the pictures, he decided to divorce the bride on the spot, Saudi news site Sabq reported, citing a religious preacher, Shaikh Ghazi Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shammari, who reported the dramatic event on a Kuwaiti television channel.

According to the report, the bride was contacted four days before her wedding by her former lover who asked her to go out with him. He warned her that he would inform her future husband of their relationship if she refused his invitation.

However, she told him that she was getting married and that he ought to forget their past relation. She added that she wanted to start a new life with her husband and that she was longing to become a mother and raise a family.

Her pleas failed to convince the former lover who after learning about the wedding venue bought the bouquet and included the memory stick with the bride’s pictures, resulting in her divorce and the scandal.

Al Shammari, a Saudi citizen, did not identify the nationalities of the couple or the blackmailer and did not specify where the dramatic events unfolded.

However, he said that it was one of the most bizarre cases he had ever come across.

“The groom came to see me the next day and he was under strong emotional trauma,” he said. “It was truly the shock of his life and he could not bear the scandal.”