Wednesday 20 June 2018

Irish woman tells court she was tricked into signing 'divorce' papers by Iranian husband

Barbara Spain-Radseresh, who is suing Mehrdad Radseresht in a divorce court fight at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Picture: PA
Barbara Spain-Radseresh, who is suing Mehrdad Radseresht in a divorce court fight at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Picture: PA

Brian Farmer

A wealthy Iranian businessman is embroiled in a divorce court fight with his estranged Irish wife.

Diplomat's son Mehrdad Radseresht, who is in his 70s, says Barbara Spain-Radseresht, who is in her 40s, agreed to a divorce when they lived in the Middle East more than seven years ago.

Mrs Spain-Radseresht, who comes from Dublin and now lives in London, disputes his claim and says she is entitled to a fair share of a marital fortune running into tens of millions of pounds.

Mr Justice Cohen in the Family Division of the High Court in London has been asked to make decisions about the validity of the marriage.

Mr Radseresht told the judge they reached a settlement agreement in Dubai in 2009 after Mrs Spain-Radseresht was unfaithful.

Mrs Spain-Radseresht said she was tricked into signing paperwork and found out about the "alleged Dubai divorce" a year ago when she made a separate divorce application.

Mehrdad Radseresht Picture: PA
Mehrdad Radseresht Picture: PA

Mr Radseresht told the judge "a divorce was agreed" and said he still loved Mrs Spain-Radseresht.

"You wanted a divorce and you got one," Mr Radseresht told Mrs Spain-Radseresht, adding: "Now you want money."

Mr Radseresht asked the judge to police Mrs Spain-Radseresht when she asked him questions. "Please make her refrain from theatrics, from making faces at me," he said.

He said of Mrs Spain-Radseresht: "Any time I would say 'cry', she cries. [She] could cry now if she wanted to. She's professional at that."

Mrs Spain-Radseresht told Mr Justice Cohen she had not knowingly signed any divorce paperwork in 2009 and said she had "no idea what was going on".

"It's probable that I signed it in a pile of documents and I didn't know what I was signing. I trusted my husband."

She added: "I felt really bad after my affair so I did whatever he said to make him happy."

Mrs Spain-Radseresht said the whole divorce was a forgery and told the judge: "He definitely tricked me."

Irish Independent

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