Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wife Branded a Horse Hits Back as Love Rival Is Held in Dubai; Ex-Wife 'Has Been Calling Me a Bitch in Emails since Her Divorce'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wife Branded a Horse Hits Back as Love Rival Is Held in Dubai; Ex-Wife 'Has Been Calling Me a Bitch in Emails since Her Divorce'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger EXCLUSIVE

THE woman who reported her late husband's ex-wife to police in Dubai after being called a "horse" on Facebook was unrepentant today, declaring that she deserves punishment for the insult.

Samah Al Hammadi, 42, claimed to have suffered a campaign of harassment by Laleh Shahravesh, who was arrested with her 14-yearold daughter Paris when they arrived in the United Arab Emirates for his funeral last month.

Ms Shahravesh, 55, faces two years in jail and a PS50,000 fine over the social media posts from 2016 on a wedding photo. In one post, she wrote: "Damn you. You left me for this horse."

The posts were written after she discovered that Pedro Manuel Coreia Dos Santos had remarried.

Ms Shahravesh, of Richmond, was arrested at Dubai airport under strict cyber crime laws on March 10, a week after her ex-husband's death from a heart attack, aged 51.

Ms Hammadi, from Tunisia, said today she decided to make the formal complaint after "suffering in silence" for over a year. She claimed Ms Shahravesh had sent numerous Continued on Page 11 Continued from Page 1 disparaging messages and emails about them since the divorce in 2016 even to Mr Santos's boss at HSBC.

She told the Standard: "She has been abusing him, sending emails, even to his boss in the bank, saying I am a bitch, that I took him from her, that she doesn't have money. He sent emails asking her to stop. It did not stop."

Ms Shahravesh had been married to Mr Santos for 18 years and they lived together in Dubai for eight months before she returned to Britain with their daughter.

A few months later, in 2016, she unexpectedly received divorce papers and saw from photos on Facebook that Mr Santos, who was Portuguese, had remarried. In one post, Ms Shahravesh wrote: "I hope you go under the ground you idiot. …

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