Couple arrested in UAE for fornication after doctors discover woman is pregnant

Couple arrested in UAE for fornication after doctors discover woman is pregnant

Emlyn Culverwell and Iryna Nohai were arrested for having sex outside marriage, which is illegal in the UAE (Credit: Twitter @PretoriaFM)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A young couple have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates on fornication charges after it was discovered the woman was pregnant. 

South African national Emlyn Culverwell and his Ukrainian fiance Iryna Nohai went to the doctor for Nohai to be treated for stomach cramps, where the 27-year-old was found to be expecting their child. 

The pair were soon arrested, because having sex outside of marriage is illegal in the UAE - although intercourse between unmarried and co-habiting western couples is generally ignored in Dubai.

Formal charges have yet to be filed against Nohai or her 29-year-old fiance, reportedly because she is to undergo testing for how long she's been sexually active. 

The South African government has said they are aware of the case, but are unable to provide legal assistance because it was a matter for UAE law. 

They have promised to do what they can to ensure the couple are treated fairly.