TV star's husband surrenders to police

The husband of Rania al-Baz, the Saudi TV presenter, has surrendered to police to face charges of assaulting her.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 21, 2004

The husband of Rania al-Baz, the Saudi TV presenter, has surrendered to police to face charges of assaulting her. Ms. Baz opened a public debate about domestic abuse in Saudi Arabia after she allowed newspapers to publish photos of her swollen and battered face. The TV star also suffered 13 fractures and she has undergone surgery a number of times. The Saudi police have made no official comment, but Ms. Baz announced that her husband, Mohammed al-Fallatta, had turned himself in. She accuses him of severely beating her and threatening to kill her, as well as of abducting their children. However, she is yet to divorce her husband, as she fears losing custody of the children. Ms Baz, who has presented a morning family programme on Saudi TV for six years, is well known in the country. Her case is the first time that domestic abuse has received widespread public attention in Saudi Arabia, where social problems, such as rape, paedophilia or Aids, are often simply not acknowledged.

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