DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A Dubai court denied alimony to a woman whose husband said she hid the fact that she was possessed by a genie.
The Dubai Appeals Court heard the woman refused to have sex with her husband and told the man to speak about the issue with her family.
The family told the man his wife was possessed by a genie and was therefore unable to have physical relations. The family said multiple religious scholars had tried and failed to exorcise the genie from the woman.
The Dubai Sharia Court had approved the divorce and ordered the man to pay about $10,000 alimony, but his lawyer argued before the Dubai Appeal Court the woman should not receive the money.
"The woman and her family cheated my client," attorney Hamda Makki told the court. "They should have been honest and clear about the fact that the wife was possessed by a [genie]. He was only told about the [genie] after the problem escalated. The woman does not deserve any allowance."
The appeals court sided with the man, upholding the divorce and canceling the alimony.