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Couple arrested in UAE after woman goes to hospital with stomach pain and learns she got pregnant out of wedlock

By Mason White 11:29 AM March 9, 2017
Iryna Nohai with Emlyn Karl Culverwell
Iryna Nohai with Emlyn Karl Culverwell
By: William Martin

A couple was arrested for having sex out of wedlock while in the United Arab Emirates.

Iryna Nohai, 27, who is from Ukraine, and her finance, Emlyn Karl Culverwell, 29, who is from South America, met while they were working in the county.

Two days after the couple was engaged, Nohai began having severe stomach pains.

Culverwell took her to the Medeor Medical Centre in Yas Mall. There doctors realized that the woman was pregnant.

They called police to report the couple, as having sex before marriage is a criminal offense in the United Arab Emirates.

The couple has been detained at the hospital for not being able to provide a marriage certificate.

Culverwell’s mother, Linda, said that Nohai said that the cramps could be a sign of a miscarriage.

Both families are desperately trying to get the couple released. They also said that they are being denied access to their children.

A church has reportedly offered to marry the couple, but a judge denied the request.

Culverwell had been working in the UAE for five years as a water rescue operative at Yas Waterworld.

He met Nohai in Abu Dhabi, where she worked as an administration officer.

They couple has now been detained for over a month without being charged. Authorities are still investigating the case. They are waiting for the paternity results of the child and want to know how long the couple was sexually active.

Their families are working on putting together enough money to hire lawyers in hopes of getting them released.