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Saudi Arabia: The Jinn made me do it

A judge who allegedly confiscated large plots of empty government land using forged deeds claimed it was a jinn who made him carry out his illegal activities. He said he was possessed and did not know what he was doing.

The human lawyer of the judge refused to continue defending him and apologized for not being able to do so. The lawyer was sure that all evidence was against his client so he gave up on him.

The apology of the lawyer gave me an idea. I think the judge should pick up a jinn lawyer since he has worked with them before and they are not strangers to him.

The judge had graciously accepted the advice of the jinn when he confiscated empty government land worth more than SR2 billion through forged documents. The land, in Madinah, is known as “Hamra Al-Assad” after the name of the residential district in which it is located.

The judge had more than 30 other accomplices including court employees and realtors. They were all investigated with a view to determining the role of each one of them in the case.

As we have advised the judge to pick up a jinn lawyer, it is only natural that his other accomplices do the same. Each one of them should choose a lawyer to defend him.

The defendants may also classify themselves into groups and each group should assign its own lawyer. The jinni lawyer of the judge should chair the group of lawyers because he is the most experienced of them and because he corrupted the judge and induced him into stealing land worth billions of riyals.

If a group of jinni lawyers was formed to defend the prime suspect and the other defendants, people would closely follow the trials. This would be an unprecedented court case in the legal history of mankind.

My suggestion seems okay from outside but in fact it is impractical. The judges in the case would not be accustomed to dealing with jinn in their courts.

In fact many judges do not see any need for lawyers. They believe that courts will be better without them. Many judges would accept lawyers only because the system of litigation has made provisions for their inclusion.

Therefore my proposal remains a comic one in line with the judge’s claim that he committed his crime under the influence of the jinn.

#Iran: New Bill to Protect Children Allows Men to Marry Adopted 13-Year-Old Daughters


"If only I was a Muslim."

“If only I was a Muslim.”

Sometimes it seems like there isn’t much morality in Islamic morality. But we have to respect different cultures and different points of view. Even when they’re marrying their adopted 13-year-old daughters.

Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years.

Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer with the London-based group Justice for Iran, told the Guardian she feared the council would feel safe to put its stamp of approval on the bill while Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, draws the attention of the press during his UN visit to New York.

“This bill is legalising paedophilia,” she warned. “It’s not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world, but this bill is legalising paedophilia and is endangering our children and normalising this crime in our culture.”

She added: “You should not be able to marry your adopted children, full stop. If a father marries his adopted daughter who is a minor and has sex, that’s rape.”

That’s okay. The media will just explain that ones marrying their 13-year-old daughters are the moderates. The extremists marry 10-year-olds.

As many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married in 2010, according to the Iranian news website Tabnak. At least 75 children under the age of 10 were wed in Tehran alone.

But… wait this all has a perfectly sensible reason.

According to Sadr, officials in Iran have tried to play down the sexual part of such marriages, saying it is in the bill to solve the issue of hijab [head scarf] complications when a child is adopted.

An adopted daughter is expected to wear the hijab in front of her father, and a mother should wear it in front of her adopted son if he is old enough, Sadr said.

It would be immoral for her not to wear a hijab in front of her adopted father. Let’s marry her off to him instead.

Iran ran into this problem when it tried to use temporary marriage to deal with the problem of co-ed classes in universities because that would allow men and women to work together in close quarters while technically being married.

A similar problem in Saudi Arabia led to the infamous breastfeeding Fatwa.

Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company.

“A woman at work can take off the veil or reveal her hair in front of someone whom she breastfed.”

Islamic morality. It’s morality as designed by crazy perverts.

Saudi religious police to be investigated for corruption allegations


Saudi Arabia’s religious police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, has come under criticism for alleged financial and administrative corruption.

A source in the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission (known as “Nazaha”) said the commission has received a complaint with alleged violations and that an investigation would be launched, the Saudi daily newspaper Okaz reported on Tuesday.

One of the violations included a contract with a real estate firm to rent a tower on Riyadh’s King Fahd Road.

The contract was allegedly for SR17.8 million ($4.53 million), despite that the same building was previously approved for rental to the Ministry of Housing for SR15 million ($4 million).

The complaint also included a claim that an official from the commission received a SR800,000 ($213,000) loan, of which SR400,000 ($106,000) was allocated for the opening of an “intellectual security” training program.

The report noted that it was the Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University that is in charge of organizing this program not the commission official who received the loan. Besides, there is no clear mechanism to oversee how the funds are spent, according to the report.

The commission spokesman, Turki Al-Shaleel, rejected the allegations as baseless and part of attempts to smear the religious authority, according to local daily, Okaz.

Shaleel said the general secretariat of the commission reserves the right to prosecute parties that spread wrongful reports about it.

The head of the Saudi religious police, Sheikh Abdel Latif al-Sheikh, at the governmental ranking of minister, reports directly to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

The commission employs an estimated 4,000 “so called religious police” on the ground and tasked with patrolling streets and cracking down on aspects and behaviors deems to be in contradiction with the Islamic Shariah.

The 2013 budget of the commission is estimated at $390 million, a 35 percent increase from the 2012 budget, according to a report by Arabian Business.

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