SINGAPORE: Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan has divorced Russian-born Rihana Oxana Gorbatenko, the sultan’s lawyer confirmed on Saturday (Jul 20). The 49-year-old sultan “irrevocably divorced” Ms Rihana Oxana Gorbatenko by three Talaqs on Jun 22, said the sultan’s lawyer, Mr Koh Tien Hua of Eversheds Harry Elias LLP in a statement. The divorce, done in front of two competent Muslim witnesses, was in accordance with Syariah laws, he added. He would not comment on where the divorce took place. "The Kelantan Syariah Court has issued a Divorce Certificate dated 1 July 2019 in accordance with the Islamic Family Law Enactment 2002," the statement said. The Kelantan palace has not commented on the divorce, nor the marriage, despite several media reports last week on the matter citing anonymous sources. Ms Rihana, 26, had refuted they were divorced and put up on Thursday a video on Instagram which had them professing their love for each other. However, Mr Koh said that Ms Rihana has been informed of the divorce by her Russian lawyer. The former Malaysian King reportedly married the former beauty queen last year. Ms Rihana is said to have given birth to a child in May. Mr Koh added: “There… Read full this story
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