A WOMAN who refused to wear a hijab after she married alleges her husband threatened to have her killed because of her decision.
Farms Abdelamir, 54, is on trial in Bankstown Local Court on charges of stalking and intimidating his wife Adeleh Tajmir-Riahi, 33.
Abdelamir has pleaded not guilty.
Ms Tajmir-Riahi, of Castle Hill, does not follow Islam. But, when she married Abdelamir, she agreed to try wearing a hijab.
“I did try and I couldn’t,” she told the court.
Ms Tajmir-Riahi told the court her husband told her she was an embarrassment to him and that she could not “be a good mother” if she refused to wear a hijab.
She said he’d told her there was no point in having a wife without (a) hijab.
Finally, she told her husband “from this time on, I am not going to wear (a) hijab” and “I don’t believe in Islam”.
The standoff reached a tipping point on January 19 at Ms Tajmir-Riahi’s parents’ home, where she claims Abdelamir said: “There are some people who I can pay $2000 and they can kill you but I didn’t accept their proposal because I believe in God”.
Abdelamir’s lawyer Omar Juweinat told the court the words attributed to his client “were never said” and the dispute never rose beyond Abdelamir threatening to divorce Ms Tajmir-Riahi.
Mr Juweinat also questioned why Ms Tajmir-Riahi walked Abdelamir to his car and said goodbye after he allegedly threatened her. The case will continue on Tuesday.