An Australian woman’s family has publicly disowned her after she was charged with adultery in Lebanon while visiting her boyfriend.
Nala Issa has rejected her daughter Mahassen Issa’s pleas for help.
“She’s not part of our family, full stop,” the mother told Network Ten outside her home in Sydney’s west on Thursday.
“We have disowned her.”
The blacklisted daughter and mother of two, Ms Issa, said she had been separated from her husband when she travelled to Tripoli last month to spend time with her boyfriend.
“The thought of not seeing my children … and my whole family disowning me, it’s a bit too much,” she said, breaking down in a video streamed on News Corp Australia websites.
“I need the Australian government to help me, because there is no one else that can help me at this point.”
Her brother Ahmed was unmoved.
Speaking from Sydney, he said Ms Issa “deserves what she gets”.
“She has wronged the system,” he told Macquarie Radio.
Ms Issa, whose children are six and nine, said she was about to return to Sydney when she was contacted by Lebanese police informing her she had been charged with adultery.
If convicted, Ms Issa, 29, could face six months in jail.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed it is providing assistance to an Australian woman in Beirut.
“It is important to bear in mind that Australians travelling overseas are subject to the laws of the countries they are in,” a spokesman said.
Ms Issa’s brother Ahmed said she was advised not to pursue the relationship in Lebanon.
“We tried our very best to control the situation as much as we can,” the 33-year-old told Macquarie Radio.
“She did not follow the instruction, she did not follow the family advice.”
He said his sister has married her boyfriend since arriving in Lebanon.
Ms Issa said she and her new partner have both been charged.
“My passport has been alerted to all the authorities and I’m not allowed to exit the country. I will be facing the charges tomorrow at court,” she said.
Under Islamic law, a woman must be separated or divorced for at least 12 months before marrying again, Ahmed said.
To be granted a divorce in Australia, spouses must prove they have lived separately and apart for at least 12 months.
The family of Ms Issa’s husband reportedly alerted authorities in Lebanon.