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Irish woman wins millions after divorce court ruling

By Jan Colley

An Irish woman has won a London divorce court fight with her wealthy estranged Iranian husband.

Businessman Mehrdad Radseresht (72) said Barbara Spain-Radseresht (49) agreed to a divorce when they lived in the Middle East seven years ago.

The couple, who married in Tehran in 1992, ran successful businesses together.

Mrs Spain-Radseresht, who comes from Dublin and now lives in London, said she was "completely unaware" of the alleged divorce in Dubai and that she was entitled to a fair share of a marital fortune running into tens of millions of pounds.

The mother-of-three said she only found out about it a year ago when she made a separate divorce application.

Yesterday Mr Justice Cohen rejected Mr Radseresht's claim that they reached a settlement in September 2009 after Mrs Spain-Radseresht was unfaithful and that the divorce was entitled to recognition in this jurisdiction.

Mrs Spain-Radseresht said she signed whatever documents were put in front of her because she was feeling guilty about the affair.

The judge said one of the documents was in a language she did not understand and she was given no explanation or opportunity to seek advice.

He ruled that the divorce should not be recognised because of the lack of notice and ability to participate.

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