x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Judge tells two fighting imams to be friends

A judge advised two imams – each claiming to have been attacked by the other – to forgive and forget because one of them will eventually be shown in court to have been lying.

Abu Dhabi // A judge advised two imams - each claiming to have been attacked by the other - to forgive and forget because one of them will eventually be shown in court to have been lying.

MH, a Palestinian who lives in Abu Dhabi, is suing his ex-daughter-in-law's father for allegedly hitting him in the face and breaking a tooth and some bones. The man he is accusing, AH, denied the attack and said MH spat at him and insulted him.

The fight took place after MH's son divorced AH's daughter. On December 11, MH finished his morning prayers in a mosque in Al Mina and went to buy bread in the Tourist Club area, the court heard. MH parked his car in front of the bakery, which is next to AH's house. MH said AH opened the door and greeted him.

"I greeted him back," MH said. "I then was surprised that he started beating me in the face." Advising them to make up the chief justice said: "You are religious clerics and one of you is lying."

Two policemen on shift when MH filed a complaint, will testify on January 23.

hhassan@thenational.ae