14-Year-Old Girl Faces Adultery Charges

A 14-year-old girl caught in a rooftop encounter with a 25-year-old man faces adultery charges in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, officials said.

The girl’s distraught father told Gulf News she was locked up for more than two weeks at the Ajman central jail with older women before being transferred to a juvenile center in Sharjah.

Normally people under 15 are considered victims in sex crimes. She will be tried on adultery charges later this month.

“The trial will start in spite of the age ceiling set for trials on sexual related crimes by the U.A.E. law,” a court source told Gulf News. “The law states that the minimum age of suspects in crimes related to sex must be 15 years. Such cases should be conducted in special juvenile courts. Otherwise, suspects are considered victims rather than suspects.”

The girl’s father said his ninth-grade daughter is a brilliant student.

“I did not inform the school about the incident,” the girl’s sobbing father said. “I did not tell her brothers … they believe that she went to stay with her aunt in Abu Dhabi for some time.”

The father said court officials refused to release his daughter on bail.



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