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Cairo court rejects 3rd-party divorce petition

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  • Josh Pollack
    Ha aretz Monday, July 30, 2001 Cairo court throws out Saadawi forced-divorce case By Reuters
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2001
      Monday, July 30, 2001
      Cairo court throws out Saadawi forced-divorce case
      By Reuters


      CAIRO - A Cairo court on Monday threw out a petition by an Islamist lawyer
      who sought to forcibly divorce outspoken feminist Nawal Saadawi from her
      Muslim husband on the grounds that she had abandoned her Islamic faith.

      The court ruled as expected that no individual could petition a court to
      forcibly divorce another person. It said only a state prosecutor must handle
      the proceedings.

      Lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh had claimed the 70-year-old Saadawi had shown she was
      no longer a Muslim in a newspaper interview earlier this year.

      In the newspaper interview, Saadawi said the rituals in the Muslim haj
      pilgrimage had pre-Islamic origins. She also called for sexual equality in
      Muslim inheritance laws.

      Saadawi's lawyers had told the court earlier this month that the newspaper
      quoted her out of context.

      The court verdict, which cannot be appealed, rejected Wahsh's request for
      the constitutional court to review the procedures, known as hisba, for
      raising such cases.

      The Islamic concept of hisba allows any Muslim to sue another for beliefs,
      which are thought to harm society.

      Neither Saadawi nor Wahsh attended the court session.

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