x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Woman acquitted of threatening text messages

She had told court accusations were part of long-running battle with former business partner.

DUBAI // A businesswoman was cleared today of threatening her former business partner and his family.

The Criminal Court of First Instance ruled that NF, 33, from Morocco did not send text messages to AM, an Emirati, threatening to publish defamatory pictures and statements on Facebook about him, his wife and his children.

She said the accusations were part of a years-long struggle with AM, and in court last week said she had considered suicide because of all the stress.

She said she had been involved in 11 criminal cases filed by AM since their partnership ended in 2008, and had been acquitted in every case. She said AM had used an old passport copy of hers to get a mobile phone and send the messages himself.