Friday, March 06, 2009

Egypt: Baha'i Case Postponed Again!

Blogging from remote Alps: the case of the Bahai's of Egypt before the Supreme Administrative Court was heard on 2 March by a new judge and got postponed again until 16 March 2009. More details to follow....

Update (also see last post here):

This accounts for the seventh postponement of the decision on the appeal brought by extremist lawyers who were never party to the case . Following the initial hearing of the appeal on 27 September 2008 by this court and the scheduled verdict date of 20 October 2008, this is the seventh postponement (3 November 2008, 15 December 2008, 19 January 2009, 2 February 2009, 16 February 2009 & 2 March 2009). The Supreme Administrative Court's own State Judiciary Council had considered the appeal and had rejected it. The court was expected to abide by the decision of the Council.The lower court's decision of 29 January 2008 was in favor of the Baha'is, allowing them to obtain ID cards and birth certificates with dashes [--] instead of their stated religion. The Ministry of Interior, the primary defended in the case, has never appealed the ruling.

See media coverage by Egyptian TV channels here....

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