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Wife, 15, 'lied about sex with uncle'

A 15-year-old housewife complained to police that her uncle had an affair with her, court hears.

DUBAI // A 15-year-old housewife lied to her husband when she told him she was having an affair with her uncle, a court heard today.

The husband of the Syrian teenager lodged a complaint at Al Qusais Police Station on November 14 after noticing the uncle's number on her mobile phone.

When he confronted his wife she said her uncle often called her to flirt and that the two had been meeting for sex while he was not at home.

When investigators questioned the teenager she told them that her uncle - a 38-year-old from Saudi Arabia - had taken advantage of her young age and the problems she was experiencing in her marriage to convince her to have sex with him.

The uncle denied this, telling investigators she was like his daughter and that he could never do such a thing. "I don't know why would she come up with such claims," he told them.

He said he had never visited the teenager at her apartment without others present. "The visit I paid to her apartment happened in the presence of my wife, her aunt," he said, adding that he visited her to give her money because he knew there were problems in her marriage.

DNA tests showed the uncle had not had sex with the teenager, so charges against him were dropped.

Prosecutors said the teenager insisted on her version of events throughout most of their investigations, but eventually confessed to filing a false report to authorities.

Dubai Juvenile Court is scheduled to deliver a verdict on May 22.

salamir@thenational.ae