London, Oct 4: France’s former justice minister Rachida Dati is set to face jail if she returns to her family’s native Morocco for having a child out of wedlock.
The 47-year-old MEP has been warned she risks up to a year behind bars for breaking the Muslim state’s strict “morality code,” the Daily Mail reported.
The one-time French cabinet minister this week finally revealed who fathered her three-year-old daughter Zohra, and is taking him to court to force him to recognise paternity.
She has named luxury hotel tycoon Dominique Desseigne, 68, as the man who got her pregnant but the admission could now cost her her freedom if she ever returns to Morocco, where her father M’Barek Dati was born and she still has dozens of relatives.
Moroccan public prosecutor Adil Fath has written to justice minister Mustapha Ramid asking for her to be arrested if she sets foot in the country.
Dati – a french citizen born in France – is in breach of article 490 of the Moroccan penal code, which stipulates from one month to one year in prison for anyone who has sexual relations out of wedlock.
The ex-minister put an end to four years of speculation this week by finally revealing who fathered her child and solved a mystery that had left two of Europe’s former leaders under suspicion.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and ex-Spanish premier Jose-Maria Aznar had both been named as among Dati’s string of lovers. (ANI)