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article imageSaudi woman jailed, lashed, for marrying foreigner

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 15, 2012 in World
A Saudi mother of four was sentenced to five days in jail and 10 lashes for remarrying her Syrian husband without obtaining official approval to marry a foreigner.
When Muna Mohammed Ladan first married her Syrian husband in 2005 she received the necessary permission from the Saudi authorities to marry a foreigner. The couple had two children together.
Shafaqna reported Ladan subsequently divorced her husband as he mistreated her. In 2008 the couple remarried and went on to have another two children. However, Ladan failed to apply for the authorities approval for the second marriage.
According to the Saudi Gazette Ladan thought it was her husband's responsibility to authenticate the marriage. The matter came to the attention of the authorities when the Saudi woman applied to the courts seeking alimony from her now estranged Syrian spouse. The court in Jeddah preferred to seek retribution against the woman who was struggling to support her four children.
Ladan was sentenced to five days in prison and 10 lashes for breaking the strict Saudi law which governs permission for Saudi women to marry foreign men. The court also handed the same sentence to the Syrian man and ordered him to pay alimony.
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