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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Brothers win right to visit mother in Ajman

The Emirati brothers were banned from seeing their mother by their younger siblings

Two brothers won a court order allowing them to see their mother after being banned by their four younger siblings six years ago.

The Emirati family lived together in their home in Ajman until 2011 when the four younger brothers bought a house and moved with their mother to Bur Dubai, according to their lawyer Obaid Al Mamzi.

It was then that they barred their eldest brother, 45, from seeing their 70-year-old sole surviving parent.

Mr Al Mamzi said the ban was extended to the second brother, 43, after he showed sympathy for the eldest.

The reason why the brothers - who still live in Ajman - were not permitted to visit their mother was not disclosed in court records.

“The mother was also deprived from having a phone so the two wouldn't call her and when the sisters tried to sneak her a phone, they were caught by the four brothers,” said Mr Al Mazmi.

After the pair were unable to resolve the issue with their brothers amicably, they took the matter to the Human Rights department at Dubai Police where the four brothers told officials they had no issue with their two siblings visiting their mother.

“As soon as they got out, the four dishonoured their word to human rights and wouldn’t allow the gathering,” said Al Mazmi, adding that the mother told officials she wanted to see her two sons but was told by they did not wish to see her.

The case was raised with Dubai Family prosecution where Mohammed Rustom, head of Family prosecution, ordered the brothers be allowed to visit the mother immediately.

But the meeting never took place.

Mr Al Mazmi said the four brothers escorted their two siblings to the Bur Dubai home but were left waiting outside for two hours.

“Then the four took their 43-year-old brother and tried to convince him to stop supporting the eldest brother, promising to let him see his mother if he did,” the lawyer said.

In April this year Mr Al Mazmi filed a case against the four with the Dubai Personal Status court.

“When their father died many years ago, the oldest brother took care of his siblings who were then between 3 and 6. He raised them but then family problems lead to this unprecedented dilemma,” Al Mazmi told the court during one of the six hearings that followed.

The Personal Status Court issued an order allowing the two men visit their mother twice a week from 10am to 4pm at the Child Protection Centre in Dubai.

The two sons plan to appeal the verdict and ask for a full visitation rights.

“We are not happy with the verdict as well because a mother deserves all the days and minutes of our lives, not a day or two, besides why should they see their mother in a child protection centre,” Mr Al Mazmi said.