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UAE: Court clears woman of Dh50,000 moral damages against a man she accused of witchcraft

An Abu Dhabi woman, who was sued for damaging a man’s reputation after filing a complaint accusing him of practicing witchcraft without enough evidence, has been cleared by the court.

The man sued the woman for compensation, but the Abu Dhabi Family and Civil Administrative Claims Court dismissed his claim, stating that there was no proof that his reputation had been harmed.

The court also said the woman had used legal means against the plaintiff when she filed a complaint against him after suspecting that he practiced witchcraft.

According to official court records, the man sued the woman and demanded that she pay him Dh50,000 for the damage she caused him when she accused him of practicing witchcraft.

He stated that the woman had accused him of practicing witchcraft against her and had filed a criminal complaint against him. However, the public prosecution rejected the case before being taken to court due to a lack of evidence.

The man claimed in his lawsuit that the accusation damaged his reputation among his friends, relatives, and coworkers.

The woman argued in her defense that it was within her legal rights to report the man after having reason to believe that he was engaging in illegal behavior.

The woman’s attorney asked the court to dismiss the case against his client, arguing that there was no evidence to prove that the man’s reputation had been damaged. He also said the woman acted by lawful means when she filed a complaint against the man.

The court denied the man’s compensation claims after hearing from all parties.

The judge said in his ruling that the defendant had used her legitimate right guaranteed by the law when she filed a complaint against the man.

The court further declared no proof of slander or malicious faith in the dispute. BKM/ Expat Media

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