UK: Muslim claims his estranged wife doesn’t deserve a divorce because polygamy allowed under Sharia
But Sharia is not British law. At least not yet. “Muslim tycoon in divorce fight over affair ‘allowed under Sharia Law,’” by Andrew Hough for the Telegraph, September 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):
AN unfaithful millionaire Muslim does not believe his estranged wife deserves a divorce because polygamy is allowed under Islamic law, he told a court today.
Houshang Jafari, 60, was unfaithful to his wife, Aghdas Bidaki, 53, with a younger woman by whom he has two children.
He moved out of the family home and moved his mistress, Katrina, 20 years his junior, into his Â£1.2 million apartment. She has taken his name despite not being legally married.
In a tense divorce hearing today, the property developer, who styles himself ‘Lord” and was once jailed for attacking a helicopter, told Bristol county court that he was allowed a second wife under sharia.
Ms Bidaki argued that her husband”s affair and illegitimate children were grounds for a divorce.
They married in Iran in 1978, when she was 19, before moving to Britain, where they had three children and he built his business, the court heard.
In the following years, her husband had numerous affairs, Ms Bidaki said.
She ignored them, hoping he would grow out of his infidelity, but their marriage soon came under great pressure as he complained about her “cooking” and family life, she said.
He would stay out overnight several times a week, never tell her where he was or answer his phone because he had “no signal”.
After threatening to end the marriage, she spoke to her husband about her concerns and he promised to buy her a new three-bedroom home and a car and pay her a monthly allowance.
But she decided to go ahead and seek a divorce after becoming aware that Katrina, who calls herself “Lady Jafari”, had become pregnant again two years after having a son with the developer.
Her husband moved out of the marital home in Downleaze, Bristol, to a flat in a converted former hospital in Stoke Park.
Ms Bidaki said she had wanted to divorce him earlier but under Islamic law she would not have been able to take custody of her children, who are now grown up.
“He had other relationships but I put up with it for the sake of my marriage,” she said.
“I put up with it because my family would say it would pass and once he was older and wiser it would be fine.
“What I didn”t know was that this time it was serious. I could not compete with a woman 20 years younger than myself.”
She added: “He says he never loved me but I am not ashamed to say that I loved him.”
Jafari, who represented himself, admitted that he had never said “I love you” during their marriage.
He rejected her claims. “What she is saying is being orchestrated by her children,” he said. “She is saying it so she can get them money.”
He also argued with Recorder Susan Jacklin after the judge accused him of shouting and ruled that many of his questions in cross-examining his wife were “irrelevant”.
Jafari was jailed for a year in 2010 after he attacked a helicopter in a rage after it landed outside his flat….