Invading someone’s privacy in UAE is a punishable offence.
A ‘suspicious’ wife has gone on trial in UAE over transferring and copying texts in her husband’s phone without his consent.
The wife confessed to her crime in the Ras Al Khaimah Misdemeanour Court, but equally blamed her husband for having an ‘illicit affair’ with a woman he used to text and talk to frequently.
As per court records, the woman told Ras Al Khaimah police and public prosecution that doubts about her husband’s illegal relationship compelled her to check his phone.
The prosecution asked the court to punish the wife for violating the man’s privacy based on Article 378 of the Federal Punitive Law whereby a violator could face jail term and a fine for invading the privacy of others.
The defence lawyer told the court that his client tried very hard over nine years to have a blissful marital life, but the husband cheated on her. He further argued that his client did not mean to harm him or anyone else, adding that the husband had willingly given her his mobile phone and asked her to check it – which she didn’t out of trust. She wanted to avoid any misunderstanding.
However, the wife’s suspicions grew when her husband started receiving regular phone calls and texts, which forced her into checking his cell phone without him knowing.
“She was shocked and infuriated by the indecent texts and emojis sent to her husband by an unidentified woman, who told him that she ‘loved’ him,” the wife’s lawyer added.
The defence lawyer concluded that his client did not have any criminal intent and refused to divulge any of her marital disputes – even during the five counseling sessions held in court to amicably settle the litigation.
“The husband refused any settlement, and so she had to attach the text messages – she copied from her husband’s phone – to the lawsuit file.”
The court adjourned the case to July 17 to issue a verdict.