Exclusive Ashlee Mullany
The Daily Telegraph
POLICE have condemned violent threats made by the family of a Sydney mother who is facing jail in Lebanon over adultery charges.
Mahassen Issa was due to face court in Tripoli last night amid angry threats from her family in Sydney, who say they have “disowned her’’ and want her jailed. Ms Issa yesterday made an 11th-hour plea for the federal government to intervene, saying she now “fears the worst”.
The 29-year-old Greenacre woman is facing a six-month jail term under Islamic law after she separated from her husband and met a man in Lebanon.
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“The fact is I’m still here. I’m trying to stay calm and think clearly but I’m heartbroken. I’m scared. I’m fearing the worst,” Ms Issa told The Daily Telegraph.
Ms Issa was believed to be in hiding last night, fearing she would be thrown in jail if she went to police in Tripoli.
Her brother Ahmed claimed the family had warned her about starting a new relationship with the man in Lebanon. He said the family would not be providing her any assistance.
“My sister did wrong. It’s their country, it’s their laws. Whether she’s an Australian citizen or not,” he said.
“We as a family told them not to do this and now she’s crying for help.
“I hope she rots in hell.”
He said it was against Islamic law for a woman to remarry unless she had been divorced for at least a year. He claimed his sister married her new partner while in Lebanon, but she has denied this.
“She’s my sister, I would put a bullet between her eyes, I couldn’t give a shit,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
NSW Police condemned the violent threats: “Any sort of violence or threat of violence has no place in our society. There is no justification for making threats like this.’’
Her mother Nala has disowned her daughter. “I told her, clean your mess and go, but now I have disowned her,” she said.
Ms Issa said her former husband had alerted authorities in Lebanon that she was with another man and brought about the adultery charges.