According to news reports from the United Arab Emirates, an unnamed Arab ambassador had been courting his bride, a doctor, through her veil.
Forbidden to see her face until the wedding day, he relied on a photograph of the woman provided by her mother. It was only when he lifted the veil on the wedding day to kiss the bride that he discovered she was cross-eyed and had facial hair. The photograph of the attractive woman was revealed to be the bride's sister.
The ambassador told an Islamic sharia court in the United Arab Emirates that he was tricked into marriage and deserved compensation. According to reports in the Gulf News the ambassador requested the court refer the woman to a specialist to ascertain whether she suffers from hormonal problems. The specialist found no such problems existed.
The court annulled the marriage contract but rejected a $145,000 compensation claim for gifts he had bought his fiancee.