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18 July 2024

'Marry me or I'll disfigure your face with acid'

By Eman Al Baik

An Afghan property broker allegedly threatened to kill a businesswoman if she does not marry him, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

GS, 30, Canadian, who was originally an Afghan citizen, was in London when MH, 43, proposed marriage to her over the phone.

“He tried to convince me that he will be a good husband, saying he had money and power. When I did not show interest in the proposal, he threatened to kill me by sending someone from Afghanistan and that he could organise a road ‘accident’ to kill me.

“When I came to Dubai in August, he resumed threatening to disfigure my face by pouring acid water on my face so that no one would marry me. He threatened to destroy my life and business. Those threats were either made directly to me or to mother back home and my brother,” she told investigators.

Her brother HS, 26, while on a visit to Dubai, received a phone call from the accused threatening to kill his sister. “When I got his call  in a conference hall, my sister heard the whole conversation before intervening and telling the accused that she will lodge a complaint with the police,” testified the brother.

The Court will reconvene on March 20.