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Monday, July 20, 2009

Lawsuit in Indonesia: Prince Sues Wife

A Malaysian prince has sued his runaway Indonesian teen wife and mother-in-law.

They had claimed he had tortured the teenager during the couple's year-long marriage.

Tengku Temenggong Tengku Mohammad Fakhry, a prince in northern Kelantan state, filed a defamation suit in the High Court.

He is seeking 105 million ringgit ($30m, £18m) in damages from Manohara Odelia Pinot and her mother, said lawyer Mohamad Haaziq Pillay.

The 17-year-old Ms Pinot returned to Indonesia in May and told media that the 31-year-old Mr Fakhry had slashed her with razor blades and treated her as a sex slave.

She reportedly said she was held captive in her room and drugged whenever she complained.

She allegedly escaped while accompanying the state royal family on a trip to Singapore and filed a police report in Indonesia shortly afterward.

The scandal has captured widespread media attention in both Malaysia and Indonesia.

Mr Fakhry's lawsuit accuses Ms Manohara and her mother, Daisy Fajarina, of concocting the allegations "out of spite" and "motivated by a desire of financial gains," the lawyer said.

link: BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Malay prince sues Indonesian wife


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