Ten Saudi women fool court into dropping charges

Women covered in niqabs pretend to be male relatives’ wives to have domestic cases withdrawn
Ten Saudi women fool court into dropping charges
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By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 17 Mar 2014 02:21 PM

Ten women have been found guilty of impersonation in a bid to have court cases against their male relatives dropped.

The women, wearing traditional Islamic niqabs that cover all but their eyes, attended court pretending to be the wives of their male relatives and asked for domestic cases filed by the men’s wives to be withdrawn, Arab News reported.

Cases included divorce, alimony, inheritance and violence.

There also had been incidents of impersonators attending court to finalise property sales or inheritance issues.

“The husband typically tells one of his female relatives to go to court and withdraw the case before hearings commence,” Khaled Al Shahrani, a lawyer, told Arab News.
“Introducing a fingerprinting system in general courts will eliminate chances of such fraud.”

The impersonating women have not yet been sentenced.

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