Lawsuits against Danish, Norwegian and French Ambassadors to Egypt over Cartoons
The Egyptian daily Al Gomhuria newspaper has this story (Arabic) today that I find it very strange and funny. But I think this only can happen in Egypt...a true Banana Republic... I am seriously stunned.
The popular paper says the leader of an Egyptian political party, who was not named, five lawyers and one citizen have filed a lawsuit against the ambassadors of Denmark, Norway and France to Egypt demanding that the three ambassadors apologise to Muslims in Egypt and all over the world, as well as pay L.E. 6 billions for insulting Muslims.
It explains the plaintiffs are asking for condemning the Ambassadors as they represent their countries and sentencing them according to the Egyptian penal law and for civil indemnity that amount to L.E. 2001 that should reach L.E. 6 billions to be allocated to disaster damages in the Islamic world. The plaintiffs believe that the Islamic world was stabbed in the most precious pillars of its lifw which is its faith.
Why this is a Banana Republic?
- Diplomats cannot be sued. They have immunity from prosecution.
- If Egypt jurisdiction resigns to such lawsuits that puts Egypt in trouble. This means that Egypt is not complying with international agreements and obligations governing diplomacy.
- Press in Egypt is not responsible enough to disseminate misleading information to the people, making them believe in unrealistic victories over the west.