Monday 5 December 2016

Man tells court his estranged wife's 'un-Islamic' lifestyle is 'debauched'

Brian Farmer

Published 05/07/2016 | 08:44

Stock photo: Getty
Stock photo: Getty

A political analyst has told a judge that he regards his estranged wife's "un-Islamic" lifestyle as "debauched".

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The man is embroiled in a family court dispute over the care of their nine-year-old daughter following a relationship breakdown.

He told Mr Justice Hayden that he did not approve of his estranged wife's new Christian partner.

The girl had been living with her mother, the judge heard.

Her father had arranged to take her on holiday to Algeria - with her mother's consent - and had then left her there with relatives.

Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by Mr Justice Hayden following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

The judge ordered the man to return the little girl.

He did not identify anyone involved.

Mr Justice Hayden said the woman had converted to Islam to marry the man - and the man was unhappy about the lifestyle she was leading following their separation.

"The father has been extremely critical of the mother and of what he now regards as her un-Islamic lifestyle, which he has described as 'debauched'," said the judge in a written ruling.

"He has been dismissive of her care of their daughter and of her choice of partner."

The judge added: "He plainly does not consider it appropriate for (their daughter) to be brought up where her mother lives with a Christian man."

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