Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 19:13 pm (KSA) 16:13 pm (GMT)

Saudi man divorces wife by text message

The case is the first known divorce in Saudi Arabia by text message (File)
The case is the first known divorce in Saudi Arabia by text message (File)

A Saudi man has divorced his wife by text message, a newspaper said on Thursday.

The man was in Iraq when he sent the SMS informing her she was no longer his spouse. He followed up with a telephone call to two of his friends that had witnessed his marriage, the daily Arab News reported.

A court in the Red Sea city of Jeddah finalized the split -- the first known divorce in Saudi Arabia by text message -- after summoning the two friends to check they had received word of the husband's intention, the paper said.

The Saudi man was in Iraq to participate in "what he described as 'jihad'," according to the Arab News. Many Saudis have gone to fight with al-Qaeda militants against the Iraqi government and U.S. forces.

The court told the woman that she did not have to go through the iddah (the post-divorce waiting period set by Islamic Sharia law) as the marriage was not consummated.

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