Sunday, July 12, 2009

Not blaming the Jews or The West

Saudi 'genie' sued for harassment

A family in Saudi Arabia is taking a "genie" to court, accusing it of theft and harassment, reports say.

They accuse the spirit of threatening them, throwing stones and stealing mobile phones, Al Watan newspaper said.

The family have lived in the same house near the city of Medina for 15 years but say they only recently became aware of the spirit. They have now moved out.

A local court is investigating. In Islamic theology, genies are spirits that can harass or possess humans.



Anonymous said...

welcome to the 7th century

TimT said...

Now that'd be a court-case to see, all right.

JUDGE: Mr Djinn, how do you plead? Guilty or not guilty?

(No response)

JUDGE: Mr Djinn, you may be a supernatural entity with no direct manifestation in the natural scheme of things, but I must ask you to please tell the court how you plead, guilty or not guilty, and allow the case to proceed.

(Papers on the judge's desk rise up in a whirlwind and beat the judge about the head before falling down to the floor)

JUDGE: Will the suspect please refrain from making a mess of the court's papers...

etc, etc.

TimT said...

Mind you, there are plenty of western laws regarding the prosecution of animals in court (in the times of the black plague apparently one town took the cats of the village to court because they didn't eat enough rats, for instance). That would present similar difficulties, I imagine.