Some Might Call It Bigamy, but under Islamic Law My Second Marriage Was Legal; Father of Girl Kidnapped in Philippines Confesses Cruelty to First Wife

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Some Might Call It Bigamy, but under Islamic Law My Second Marriage Was Legal; Father of Girl Kidnapped in Philippines Confesses Cruelty to First Wife


Byline: PATRICIA KANE

THE businessman whose six-year-old stepdaughter was snatched by kidnappers in the Philippines told last night of his secret heartache since separating from his first wife six years ago.

Doug Grant, 50, whose stepdaughter Eiman was taken from her home ten days ago by four gunmen on the remote island of Basilan, walked out on his first wife Maureen in 1994 after a marriage lasting it must have looked to Maureen.

I couldn't have been more cruel if I had tried, and for that I feel eternally ashamed.' Mr Grant and his first wife, who has three children from a previous marriage, first met while he was serving with the Queen's Own Highlanders and she was a civilian worker attached to the same base.

But after Mr Grant left the army at the age of 28 in 1983, they started to drift apart and, over the next ten years, they led increasingly separate lives. It was while he was working as a chef for 23 years.

The chef from Inverness, who served in the British Army for 12 years, added to her heartache by marrying his present wife Mina while their divorce was still being finalised.

This may have been considered bigamous by some, but for Mr Grant, who converted to Islam before meeting his second wife, it was an acceptable move under his new religion.

Last night, he said: 'I have no qualms about marrying Mina because I loved her and wanted to be with her. Under Islamic law it was perfectly legal.

'But with hindsight, I know how an offshore oil company in Scotland that he was encouraged to apply for a job in the Middle East. …

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