A South African man’s new fiancee went to the doctor with a stomach cramp. The doctor found out that the woman was pregnant and “immediately called the police and had the couple arrested” for fornication.
Having sexual intercourse outside of marriage is illegal in the UAE — and those who are arrested for doing so tend to face long jail sentences.
While Culverwell and Nohai have reportedly been held in Al Wathba Prison in Abu Dhabi since Jan. 29, after being transferred there from a local police station, news of their detainment was first made public on Tuesday.
They have yet to been charged, though, because authorities are still trying to determine the paternity of the child and how long the couple had been sleeping together.
The couple, reportedly, “have been together since 2014.”