Even though she “did everything to be at my husband’s side. I lived with him as a Muslim [convert] for ten years, my children are circumcised, they don’t eat pork, they are fluent in Egyptian.” She goes on to say “This is not about religion, or culture. It is about his revenge – and how he has abused the system to get it.” But exactly which “system” is it that he is “abusing”? Could he “abuse” the “system” of the U.S. to send a mother to jail for adultery — without evidence — while getting custody of the children? No, the “system” — that is, sharia law — is, once again, the fundamental factor here.
“British mother convicted of adultery in Dubai flees with her two children,” from the Malaysian Insider, January 26:
DUBAI, Jan 26 – A British mother facing three months in a Dubai jail after an appeal court upheld her conviction for adultery is on the run with her two young children.
Marnie Pearce, 40, fled with her sons Laith, seven and Ziad, four, after a court ruled that she should be jailed for three months for being unfaithful to her Egyptian ex-husband Ihab El-Labban, 41.
Pearce insists she never had an affair, but was framed by her former lover so he could win custody of their sons.
Dubai’s Appeal Court ordered the teaching assistant from Bracknell, Berkshire, to be deported after the prison term had been served, and pay of fine of 3,000 dirhams (RM2,965).
At the time of the ruling, Pearce stayed away from the court on advice that if her guilty verdict were upheld it might lead to her immediate arrest and imprisonment.
Under Dubai law the husband of convicted adulterers decides when they should go to jail.
When Pearce discovered that El-Labban was about to tell police of her whereabouts she went on the run.
She said she had no other option but to flee with her children.
“My ex-husband found out where I am and got a message to a friend warning that unless I hand myself in to the police in the morning he will send the police round,” Pearce told the Sunday Mirror.
“So I have to move on. I have to run. I don’t know where I am going to stay but I have to get out.
“If I stay I may lose my children and I can’t let that happen.”
Pearce pleaded for someone to help her, fearing that she would never see Laith and Ziad again.
“I am begging somebody to help me, please help me. I am scared that if I go to prison my ex-husband will take the children and I will never see them again.
“All I am left with is precious hours with my babies. I am sitting here about to make lunchboxes up for school, and I simply can’t imagine a life without them.”
It is believed Pearce is staying with friends in Dubai.
Pearce was arrested in March last year and accused of committing adultery with a British man who she insists was only a friend.
She was found guilty of adultery by a Dubai court in November but remained free on bail while she attempted to overturn her conviction.
Pearce alleges El-Labban was cheating on her. He has denied having an affair or framing his wife.
She said when her appeal had been lost, she begged her ex-husband to drop the case.
“I fell to my knees and told him, “You can stop this. You can make this go away.” He just sneered and said “no”.
Her best hope is for a British court to make her sons wards of court and have the ruling transferred to Dubai so her children can stay with her.
But first she would need to raise thousands of pounds to fund a leading child custody lawyer.
Pearce, who converted to Islam, met El-Labban, a well-off company executive, in Oman and married him in the Seychelles in September 1999.
They moved to Dubai but their marriage eventually broke down.
She said: “The Koran says that heaven is at the feet of the mother. I am Muslim – there should be nothing in this world that takes children from their mother.
“I did everything to be at my husband’s side. I lived with him as a Muslim for ten years, my children are circumcised, they don’t eat pork, they are fluent in Egyptian,” Pearce told the Telegraph.
“This is not about religion, or culture. It is about his revenge – and how he has abused the system to get it. My husband could get this case stopped tomorrow but he won’t because he wants me locked up.
“The first thing he will do is take the children to Egypt and then he will take them on to the United States (where he works). This is barbaric: this country has been my life for the last 13 years and I have loved and respected and honoured every part of it.” – Daily Mail