Meriam bint Abdullah Al-Khalifa is a member of the Royal House of Al-Khalifa in Bahrain. She was born in 1980. She is best known for running away from her family and home country of Bahrain to the United States to elope with US Marine Lance Corporal Jason Johnson, who was stationed in Bahrain at the time as part of a counter-terrorism unit protecting Americans living abroad.
After Lance Corporal Johnson helped Meriam sneak into the United States and US Customs threatened to send her back, Meriam was allowed to stay and apply for asylum. She said she was afraid of honor violence from her family because she had left her country and started dating a non-Muslim.
Who is Abdullah Al-Khalifa?
Meriam bint Abdullah Al-Khalifa belongs to the Al-Khalifa royal family of Bahrain. She gained notoriety after she eloped with US Marine Lance Corporal Jason Johnson, who was stationed in Bahrain as part of a counter-terrorism unit providing security for expatriate Americans, and then returned to the United States, abandoning her family and country.
She claimed that she fled her country and entertained a romantic relationship with a non-Muslim in fear of honor violence from her family as retaliation for leaving her country with the help of Lance Corporal Johnson and being threatened with deportation by United States Customs, but she was allowed to stay and apply for asylum.
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The American media, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, gave her story extensive coverage, and a television movie was made about her life.
Where is Abdullah Al-Khalifa?
The famous couple filed for divorce on November 17, 2004, one day after celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary, citing “incompatibility in marriage.”
Johnson, Meriam’s husband, had become heavily involved in the Las Vegas nightlife, which eventually resulted in a rift. Since 2001, the couple has discussed divorcing, and Jason claimed Meriam wanted them to.
She is aware, deep down, that I cherished her above all else, according to Johnson. “I can honestly say that I loved every second I spent with her.” In order to present his case, Johnson appeared on a 2005 episode of Divorce Court without Meriam. The 31st of January 2005 saw the airing of episode 1224.
The current location of Meriam is unknown.