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Polygamist Muslim millionaire denies wife a divorce

An unfaithful millionaire Muslim does not believe his estranged wife deserves a divorce, because polygamy is allowed under Islamic law, he told a court yesterday.

Houshang Jafari (60) cheated on 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 £1.2m (€1.5m) apartment. She has taken his name despite not being legally married.

But in a tense divorce hearing, 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 law.

Mrs 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.

But during the following years Mr Jafari had numerous affairs, Mrs Bidaki said. She ignored them, hoping he would grow out of his unfaithfulness, but their marriage soon came under great pressure as he complained about her "cooking" and family life, she said.

Mrs Bidaki 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 Bristol, to a flat in a converted former hospital.

Mr Jafari was jailed for a year in 2010 after he attacked a helicopter in a rage after it landed outside his flat.

The case continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent