Nadia Tabbaa: Father of woman who claims he forcibly sent her to Syria aged 13 takes legal action

Father denies daughters claim of kidnapping and forced marriage to older cousin

Mouhammed Tabbaa appeared in New South Wales court

Monday, November 27, 2017

A man is suing Australian's Nine Network for airing an interview with his daughter, in which she claimed he kidnapped her and sent her to Syria when she was 13.

Nadia Tabbaa made the accusations towards her parents on Australia's 60 Minutes programme, which aired in 2014, according to the Daily Mail.

The woman claims her father Mouhammed Tabbaa beat her and sent her to Syria whilst she was in Egypt on holiday. 

She says that she was forced to marry her older cousin and was forced to stay in Syria for four years before she escaped in 2006. 

Mouhammed Tabbaa and his current wife have decided to launch a legal challenge to the claims made in the documentary.

Mouhammed Tabaa has admitted arguing and shouting with his family in an appearance before a New South Wales court, but denies any physical violence allegations. 

He was also accused of striking his daughter with a plank of wood and threatening her with scissors back in 1983, however he denies these allegations, saying that he was "in and out of the country that year... I had no time to hold people over balconies or hold scissors to their necks."

Mouhammed said that he and his family lived in Jordan from 1992 until 1997 when his former wife Pamela June Tabbaa, the mother of Nadia, decided to return to Sydney with their children. The couple are now separated.

He claims he didn't see Nadia again until five years later, when she returned to Jordan with her brother. 

He says that: "She kissed me on both cheeks.. she wasn't angry, she was happy."

Mouhammed Tabbaa said that his wife was having trouble with their daughter after she have moved to Sydney and needed his help.

After three weeks in Jordan, he told the jury he had no choice but to go along with his wife's plan to send their daughter to Syria. 

He claimed that he spoke to his daughter every month or so whilst she was in Syria and that "she was happy with the food...the company...the clothing...[and] the gold [sic]."

He told the jury that "this was a female issue and I was probably expected to provide the issue of it." 

He denies any allegation over locking Nadia up or forcing her to get married.