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Throughout this year we have been helping Marnie Pearce to raise the profile of her case in which she has been refused access to her two sons after being falsely accused of adultery in Dubai.


Marnie fears she will never see her two sons again after losing custody of them and our publicist Jonathan Hartley is helping her to raise funds and her media profile to help win them back.


This latest story (read below) reveals her heartbreak at finding out her husband has taken the boys to America.


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Dubai adultery mother in legal fight as husband flies sons to US

Marnie Pearce, the British mother jailed in Dubai for adultery, has launched a legal fight to gain access to her sons but fears it may be in vain.

The 40-year-old former florist from Berkshire started court proceedings in Dubai last Wednesday, two months after her release from prison.

A dramatic suspension of her deportation order allowed her to fight her
ex-husband, Egyptian-born Ihab El Labban, for custody of their two boys. 

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Before the storm: Marnie Pearce with sons Laith, top, and Zaid

But yesterday she learned Ihab has taken their sons Laith, eight, and Zaid, five, to America and, she believes, to the home of his American lover, businesswoman Tonya Thompson, 46.

She fears he may not return with them until after her deportation suspension has run out.

Marnie said: 'At 8am on Wednesday I walked into court and filed for access.

Finally I have found an Arabic lawyer prepared to take my case. I'm desperate. I haven't seen my boys for 138 days, that's five months.

'I have been been trying to talk to Zaid since Wednesday to find out what he wanted for his birthday. When I called on Thursday Ihab's phone was switched off.

'I had an awful feeling. I know he switches it off when he travels. I thought at first he might have taken the boys to Egypt to see his mother.

'Finally I got through and it was an American answering service. When I managed to speak to Zaid he said, "Good morning, Mummy, because it's morning here.

'I'm having a party with a Mickey Mouse cake but you can't come because you're not here." I asked to speak to Laith but wasn't allowed.'

She added: 'My ex-husband has got custody. There's nothing I can do. I am in Dubai with no money, no passport, nothing. I'm destitute and being helped out by friends while he has all the power. What sort of man would do this to his children?'

The Mail on Sunday first drew attention to Marnie's plight seven months ago when she was sentenced to six months under sharia law after her former husband told police she had been having an affair.

Her sentence was reduced to three months on appeal but after her release she feared immediate deportation would mean she might never see her children again.

The Dubai authorities' decision to suspend that deportation in April offered some hope.

But, as Marnie explained last night, the weeks since her release have been frustrating as she has tried in vain to gain visitation rights to her boys.

She said: 'For the past seven weeks I've tried to go through a process of mediation with Ihab.

'He agreed to take part in a process that would mean I saw the children once a week and had one telephone call a week.

'Eventually he was given an ultimatum and told that visitation must start immediately and that he must say if he was co-operating by June 24.

'He asked for one more week to decide. The day after that deadline passed I went into the courtroom.'

The case has been adjourned until  July 15. She said: 'Under sharia law a mother has the right to see her children, whether she's a murderer, or drug addict or anything.

'But it's not my criminal record that worries me  it's the fact my ex-husband is dragging this all out so that ultimately the deportation suspension runs out.

'It can take three to six months to go through the access proceedings but I don't know if he'll turn up or if he plans to keep the children in America. They have nine weeks of holidays from school now.

'I'm a prisoner here and he has all the power and I'm terrified that whatever I do I might never see my children again.'





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