Exposed: Women caught impersonating others in Saudi courts
Some men may ask other women to impersonate their wives or other family female members to withdraw certain cases against them
Saudi Arabia’s justice ministry has uncovered 10 cases of women impersonating other women in various courts last year, local daily al-Watan reported Sunday quoting informed sources.
Sources said most of the cases in which women impersonated other women were related to family matters.
They noted that some men may ask other women to impersonate their wives or other family female members to withdraw certain cases against them in courts and said the majority of these cases are related to divorce, alimony, inheritance and others.
Sources said a number of general courts in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Makkah discovered that many cases raised by women against their husbands were withdrawn without their knowledge.
Khaled Saeed al-Shahrani, lawyer, said some men used other women to impersonate their wives to sell real estate units or close a case of inheritance.
He said a man had asked one of his female relatives to impersonate his wife to withdraw the divorce case filed against him before the court sessions had started.
Shahrani said if they were caught, the women impersonators would be tried for two charges — forgery and identity theft.
He asked the ministry to expedite its project for fingerprinting women in courts and notaries public to authenticate their real identities.
Majed al-Odwan, head of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques project for judicial reform, said the fingerprint system has not yet been implemented due to delays by the National Information Center that is providing the service.
Shahrani recalled that a man asked his sister to impersonate his wife and ask for early retirement from the Ministry of Education. He said the man had differences with his wife over her work in the ministry and wanted her to quit.
"Luckily, the real wife was able to stop the ploy after she received a call from the department of education," he said.
He said witnesses recognize these women as actual wives in courts after reaching agreements with the men.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on March 17, 2014.
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