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UAE gets tougher on cheating couples: New rule starting January 2


DUBAI – The UAE has ratified a new and updated law that punishes cheating couples or those engaged in extra-marital sex, with the law to be fully imposed starting on January 2, 2022.

This came after UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved a wide-ranging reform of the country’s legal system on November 27.

Under the updated law, individuals over 18 years old who have sex with people other than their legal partner will face a criminal case, provided that their husband, wife or guardian files an official complaint.

The crime is punishable with imprisonment of no less than six months and is instituted on the basis of the complaint from their husband, wife or guardian.

In all cases, the husband, wife or guardian has the right to waive the complaint.

The waiver may ask the court to cancel the criminal case or suspend the execution of the penalty, as the case may be. ICA/Expat Media

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