Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Egypt: Court Postopnes Baha'i Cases for Sixth Time

The Baha'i cases in Cairo's Court of Administrative Justice were postponed again today for an anticipated verdict during the 29 January 2008 court session. This is the sixth postponement for these two cases. The last postponement was announced at the 25 December 2007 court session.

Interestingly the court's clerk called the cases this time with the label "El-Baha'eiyyah" [the Baha'i] rather than using the names of the plaintiffs as it had been the case in the past. For background information on these cases, please refer to this previous post.

Also, read about this in IHT's Daily News Egypt.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Masa' el fol, bahai eah ya basha. Khalasna el mashakel koloha el fe el balad wala eah. Tayeb edho sikh wala haga lehad ma hosni yetikel.

Ma 3alina, yahya el babi 3ala el ezazi, w salam kabeer lel fanan el mashhoor .. 3aleha el 3afsh kolo w 3alya ana elezaz .. w ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh tab ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Anonymous said...

This week, people in the US celebrated Martin Luther King's day.
His dream appears to be within reach nowadays and we do not always understand why he encountered so much hatred during his lifetime while defending obvious rights such as equality and respect for all races. Many people however are still alive who forcefully objected to his vision. Even if they have not yet learned tolerance, it cannot be easy for them to answer their grand-children's questions about their past actions. Let's hope that the judges in Egypt do not have to lie when they face the same queries... "you were a judge Grandpa in 2006, 2007, 2008 when the Baha'is asked for their rights, why didn't you rule in their favor?"
History is not kind to those who make the wrong moral decision.

Bilo said...

To get a glimpse of the scene in the courtroom, please watch the videos on this blog from Egypt.
No wonder the verdict was postponed!

This scene was caused by another case involving an Egyptian Muslim man who had converted to Christianity and is requesting an ID card stating his religion correctly. If you watch carefully, you can see a group of frightened Baha'is in a corner of the courtroom in a state of total shock and disbelief.

What happened to you Egypt?!

Bilo said...

To anonymous #1: perhaps the solution to Egypt's problems is that she adopts the teachings of the Baha'i Faith, a Faith with a mission to bring unity to all people regardless of their creed, color, belief, etc.... Once unity between all sorts of people is achieved, then progress, happiness and prosperity will ensue.

Egyptian Baha'i said...

I don't know if we should consider ourselves unfortunate to have the case of Hegazy (the Muslim convert) in the same court with our case. On one hand it is surrounded with this terrifying incidents that shouldn't but could affect the judges decisions. On the other hand it brings all those issues of religious freedom together. As if these cases are destined to be dealt with at the same time.

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