Man accused of threatening ex-wife with acid attack.
Summary: Suspect denies charge, claims ex-wife's malicious complaint was made to coerce him to drop custody case
Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent
Dubai: A man claimed in court on Monday that his ex-wife had lodged a malicious complaint against him to coerce him to waive his children's custody lawsuit against her.
The 41-year-old Egyptian man, O.Y., was said to have threatened his ex-wife that he would send someone to throw acid on her and her mother if she did not leave him alone in November.
Prosecutors charged the suspect with verbally threatening to harm his Egyptian ex-wife.
The suspect pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance.
According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the suspect verbally threatened his ex-wife by saying that if she did not get out of his way, he would send someone to throw acid on her and her mother.
"I deny this accusation. She is my ex-wife and she has lodged this complaint out of malice. She claims that she is married but she is not - she wants to coerce me to waive the custody lawsuit that I have lodged against her before the Sharia court. She also filed several lawsuits against me," argued O.Y. as he defended himself before presiding judge Urfan Omar.
The ex-wife claimed to prosecutors that an Egyptian eyewitness informed her over the phone that the suspect had called him at work and asked him to relay a threat.
"The eyewitness told me that O.Y. told him over the phone that if I did not stay out of his [the suspect] way, the latter would throw acid on me. He also threatened to throw acid on my mother in Egypt. He also threatened to hurt me in front of the building where I live in Dubai," she testified.
The eyewitness claimed to prosecutors that the suspect called him to discuss the issue of seeing his children.
"He discussed the issue of seeing his daughters and then he threatened his ex-wife. He told me to tell her to stay out of his way otherwise he would have someone harm her with acid," testified the eyewitness.
Records did not clarify the nature of the relation between the ex-wife and the eyewitness.
The trial continues.
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