Abu Dhabi: A Moroccan woman who was charged with having premarital sex with an Emirati man retracted her guilty plea yesterday after being told she would receive 100 lashes and a prison sentence.
The woman, identified as SM, and the man, KK, were charged with the same offence in the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance.
KK denied the charge and said a description of his home SM provided to prosecutors was flawed and therefore undermined the evidence against him.
In Abu Dhabi, offenders may receive prison time in addition to lashes. After she entered her plea, Judge Syed Abdul Baseer explained the punishment and asked SM whether she wanted to reconsider.“The punishment is lashing and jail,” Judge Abdul Baseer told her. “You have the right to deny.”
“I’ll get the verdict and he leaves?” SM asked, referring to her co-defendant. “Choose as you wish,” Judge Abdul Baseer said.
SM then retracted her guilty plea. Judge Abdul Baseer said he would issue a verdict on October 11.
KK and SM both attended the hearing but were not represented by lawyers. Their ages were not released.
Although the woman was divorced, she would still have been eligible for the capital punishment.
She was later sentenced to one year in prison after the charges of adultery and justification of sin – claiming that a sin is acceptable – were reduced to consensual dishonour.
Source: National Newspaper