Malaysian royal's teen wife Manohara ordered home
December 14, 2009
THE estranged teenage model wife of a Malaysian prince was ordered by an Islamic court on Sunday to return to her marriage and repay a 1.1 million ringgit ($A356,149) debt, his lawyer said.
Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said the northern Kelantan state Islamic High Court ordered Manohara Odelia Pinot to be "loyal" by returning to her husband, Kelantan prince Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, and returning his money.
"The court ordered Manohara to be loyal to her husband by returning to him to resolve their marriage problems within 14 days of an oath the prince will take on January 3," the prince's lawyer Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar told AFP.
"The prince is delighted with the outcome and hopes that Manohara will follow the court's order and return," he added.
Zainul Rijal said the court also ordered Manohara to return the money to the prince in a lump sum within 30 days of the ceremony.
"If Manohara does not return to the prince within the stipulated time that will mean she can be declared 'disloyal' which means the prince would not be obliged to pay her any maintenance," he said.
"It also means that should the marriage end in divorce in the future, she will not get any compensation as the divorce would have been caused by her disloyalty," he added.
He said Manohara was not represented at the Islamic religious court after her Malaysian lawyer quit last month.
In November, Tengku Fakhry won a defamation suit claiming Manohara and her mother had defamed him by claiming he had sexually abused the 17-year-old.
In May, the US-Indonesian model slipped away from the prince's guards at a Singapore hotel and returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of the 31-year-old prince.
Manohara, a well-known socialite in Jakarta, claims to have been cut with a razor and injected with drugs that made her vomit blood while being held under guard in her bedroom at the palace.
Her Indonesian lawyer said she had filed a police report on the abuse but Indonesian police say they are unable to investigate as the incidents took place outside their jurisdiction.