NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – A toddler custody battle in New York Metropolis is elevating questions on freedom of speech and faith — and civil liberties advocates are positive to be paying shut consideration.
Nabila Albarghouthy, a naturalized American citizen and a training Muslim, claims that her ex-husband has been indoctrinating their youngster with extremist ideology and is in search of sole custody of her now eleven-yr-previous son — a declare he denies.
“I worry that my son is studying excessive violence and that may probably put him and others in danger,” she stated throughout a press convention on Wednesday. “I do not know what occurs when he goes to his father. I do know that when he returns he is not comfortable. He is irritable. And that is not the gorgeous younger boy that I do know.”
She divorced her ex-husband, Isam Albarghouthy, in 2013, based on courtroom paperwork. That they had two youngsters collectively: a daughter in 1999, and a son in 2006. Nabila additionally has a daughter from a earlier relationship.
In an affidavit filed this month in help of her petition in search of custody, Nabila Albarghouthy claimed the wedding disintegrated after her ex-husband “turned excessive in his interpretation of the Muslim faith” in a means that “detrimentally affected our household,” in line with the grievance. She stated he demanded that she gown extra modestly, cease exercising and permit him to deliver house an “further spouse.”
She alleged that he turned bodily abusive towards her when she confronted him about his correspondence with the lady he was planning on taking as a “second spouse,” in accordance with the affidavit.
Isam Albarghouthy’s lawyer denied the allegations, calling them “false and outrageous.”
“She’s clearly retaliating towards my shopper for submitting a petition to award him custody of their son,” lawyer Pleasure S. Joseph stated. “And she or he is clearly hoping to make use of these false allegations each to defend towards the fees that Isam made towards her in his custody petition and to realize leverage in her personal movement for a change of custody that I simply acquired this morning.” She declined to offer CNN with a replica of the petition filed by her shopper.
“I am appalled that these mother and father’ personal custody dispute has been uncovered and exploited in an obvious effort to capitalize on the present wave of Islamophobia and make some information,” Joseph stated.
Lawyer Larry Hutcher, a managing companion at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, the agency representing Nabila…