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Saudi man divorces wife by text message


A Saudi man has set a legal precedent by divorcing his wife by text message.

The man was in Iraq when he sent the SMS informing her she was no longer his spouse.

Saudi Arabia practises a strict form of Islamic Sharia law, under which the law a man can divorce his wife by simply saying “I divorce you” three times.

He followed up with a telephone call to two of his relatives to confirm the split.

A court in the Red Sea city of Jeddah finalised the split – the first known divorce in Saudi Arabia by text message – after summoning the two relatives to check they had received word of the husband’s intention, the paper said.

The Saudi man was in Iraq to participate in “what he described as ‘jihad’,” according to the Arab News.

Many Saudis have gone to fight with al Qaeda militants against the Iraqi government and U.S. forces.


April 9, 2009 - Posted by | People, Politics, religion, Weird

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