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Teen to be stripped of £500,000 inheritance after Sharia court in Dubai is told that she is a Christian

Teen to be stripped of £500,000 inheritance after Sharia court in Dubai is told that she is a Christian
 A British schoolgirl has lost out on a £500,000 inheritance from her father after a Sharia court in Dubai was told she was a Christian.


It is the latest episode in a vicious spat that saw her mother being held for four weeks in the Arab kingdom last month for branding her love rival a 'horse' on Facebook.
Teen to be stripped of £500,000 inheritance after Sharia court in Dubai is told that she is a Christian
 Paris Shahravesh, 14, was in line to inherit money left by her banker father, Pedro Dos Santos, who died of a heart attack in March.

But his second wife, Samah Al Hammadi – who had alerted police when the teenager's mother insulted her on social media – filed papers in the UAE claiming the inheritance.

The court was told that Paris was a Christian. According to the form of Sharia applied in Dubai, non-Muslims are unable to inherit the estate of a Muslim.
Teen to be stripped of £500,000 inheritance after Sharia court in Dubai is told that she is a Christian


Mrs Shahravesh, a volunteer worker from Richmond, Surrey, later said she had felt 'suicidal' at the prospect of being jailed and separated from her daughter.

The pressure group Detained in Dubai, which represented Mrs Shahravesh, said her arrest highlighted the risk British tourists face when visiting the country due to their draconian cyber crime laws.

Mrs Al Hammadi, who met her husband through their mutual interest in archery, failed to attend any of the court hearings involving Mrs Shahravesh over the Facebook posts.

Despite pleas by 14-year-old Paris for her mother to be allowed home, Mrs Al Hammadi refused to drop the charges.

Matters were made worse when she filed a second complaint claiming she was the victim of online abuse and harassment.

In her defence, Mrs Shahravesh said that the aggressive emails were sent in the heat of the moment during an acrimonious divorce, adding that Mrs Al Hammadi had stopped her ex from seeing his daughter.

Radha Sterling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, said:

'I advised Laleh to follow up on Pedro's bequest immediately after her release. Given the adversarial relationship that existed between Ms Al Hammadi and Pedro's only daughter, and the frivolous criminal case she had filed against Laleh, there was every reason to suspect that she would attempt to expropriate Paris' legal right as Pedro's heir.

'We have seen similar cases before in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, where there is an attempt to exclude children of Westerners from their rightful inheritance when those Westerners have married a woman from the region and subsequently died.

'In this case, Ms Al Hammadi acted almost immediately after Pedro's sudden death, and took radical measures to ensure his daughter would be denied her rights.'

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