Every once and a while you are going to hear an absurd story that reminds you how amazing it is to live in the United States. Well, today is your lucky day because this one is a doozy. A South African man was jailed in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for having sex outside of marriage.
His father spoke to the media after finding out he was the grandfather and as a result, his son was in jail. His son was 29 year old Emlyn who is originally from South Africa and spent the last few weeks in a jail. Emyln and his fiancee Iryna were both incarcerated overseas.
Iryna is 27 years old and she went to the doctor’s office after she was having severe stomach pains and cramps. When the doctors discovered she was pregnant they called the local authorities and had her arrested.
50-year-old Culverwell said:
“This is going to be our first grandchild and we can’t celebrate. Rather than looking forward to seeing our first family wedding and the birth of our first grandchild, we are beyond worried and stressed. We feel sick all the time. All we can think about is how we are going to get them out of there. It should be a time for us to celebrate but we can’t.
We were overjoyed because from the photos we have seen and from what Emlyn has told us. Iryna seems a lovely girl and they are obviously very happy together. We didn’t know anything about the baby until we were told the reasons why they were locked up. They care for each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. They were engaged before they found out about the baby. Once they were detained they did request to get married to show they were serious about their relationship but they were denied that.”
Those convicted of having sex outside of marriage in the UAE can face numerous years in federal prison. After they weren’t able to provide their marriage certificate, since they aren’t married, they were consequently arrested.
Source: Freedom Daily