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British mum convicted of adultery in Dubai goes on the run with kids

Marnie Pearce

COPYRIGHT: kns news


A BRITISH mum who faces jail after losing her appeal over an adultery charge in Dubai was on the run last night with her two young children.

Marnie Pearce, 40, insists she never had an affair but was framed by her Egyptian ex-husband Ihab El-Labban, 41, so he could win custody of their sons, Laith, seven, and Ziad, four.

She fled just hours after a court in the Arab state ruled she should be jailed for three months.

Under strict Sharia law, people found guilty of adultery can lose custody of their children.

Teaching assistant Marnie, originally from Bracknell, Berks, lost her appeal against her adultery conviction on Thursday. But under Dubai law, it is up to the husband of convicted adulterers to decide when they should go to jail.

When Marnie learned that El-Labban was about to tell police of her whereabouts, she fled.

Earlier she had told the Sunday Mirror that she fears she'll never see her children again.

She said: "The children are in their pyjamas and I need to pack the bags, pack up my car and get the kids out. I need to go now.

"My ex-husband found out where I am and got a message to a friend warning that unless I hand myself in to the police in the morning he will send the police round. So I have to move on, I have to run. I don't know where I am going to stay but I have to get out.

"If I stay I may lose my children and I can't let that happen."

Breaking down in tears, she added: "I am begging somebody to help me, please help me. I am scared that if I go to prison my ex-husband will take the children and I will never see them again.

"All I am left with is precious hours with my babies. I am sitting here about to make their lunchboxes up for school, and I simply can't imagine a life without them.

"I am innocent of all these charges, and I just wish someone would help  me."

Last night she was believed to still be staying with friends in Dubai.

Marnie met her husband 16 years ago after moving to Oman. They married shortly afterwards and moved to Dubai. But the marriage broke down last year.

Marnie says El-Labban started a vendetta to win custody of their children after she discovered HE was having an affair and chucked him out.

It led to police officers storming into her apartment last March, just moments after she arrived home with a male friend. Officers found her making a cup of tea and her friend sending an email on her computer in another room. 

But the pair were arrested as Ihab screamed that they were having an affair while she was still married to him. 

When Marnie learned her appeal had been lost, she confronted El-Labban at their former marital home and begged him to drop the charges.

She said: "I fell to my knees and told him, 'You can stop this. You can make this go away.' He just sneered and said 'no'."

Marnie is now hoping for help to launch a fresh legal appeal but she needs to find thousands of pounds to fund it.

"I am begging if anyone can help, then please help me," she said.

Amnesty International is looking into her case. Spokesman Kate Allen said: "If Marnie Pearce is jailed, Amnesty would consider her a prisoner of conscience who should be released immediately."

El-Labban told the Sunday Mirror he had never had an affair and had not framed his ex-wife.

"The matter is now in the hands of the authorities," he said. "But Marnie should be punished because she has broken the law."



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