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Osborne Morris & Morgan > News and Articles > Family > Wife leaves after discovering husband had married a second time

Wife leaves after discovering husband had married a second time

Posted on 30 Mar 2016, in Family

The wife of a Saudi sheik left her husband after she discovered that he had taken a second wife. Residents of Bedfordshire may be aware that Islamic law permits a man to take four wives. The case being heard in High Court in London concerns his diplomatic immunity which prevents a legal financial settlement being enforceable against him and is protecting his fortune valued at £4 billion. Legal experts and members of Parliament expressed their dismay at the abuse of diplomatic privileges.

In a separate affair, the former Prime Minister of Qatar was accused of involvement in a plan to seize land from a U.K. citizen, but claimed that his diplomatic status gave him immunity from any High Court judgement. Details of other instances of incidents that involved those with diplomatic immunity were released by the Foreign Secretary. They included several occurrences of driving while drunk or not insured and one instance of a firearms offence.

A legal expert in international law spoke out against the use of diplomatic immunity to avoid rightful legal action. He said that its function was to protect diplomats in dangerous territories and it should not be abused for financial gain or to avoid justice. The High Court in London hearing the case of the Saudi billionaire will decide if his position will safeguard his fortune from a judgement regarding a divorce settlement to his ex-wife and 13 year old daughter.

When ruling on a divorce settlement, the family court will seek to ensure that the needs of the dependent children and both spouses are met. When negotiation and mediation are not an option, a solicitor with experience in cases that involve the division of substantial business and marital assets may be able to represent a client in court with the aim of achieving these goals.


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