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07 February, 2008

Magic stones

As a leading international hub for trade, tricksters and the trustful, there is no better place to buy "magic stones" than Dubai. The latest peddlar of paranormal pebbles is this bewildered Yemeni entrepreneur charged with trying to sell a bullet-proof onyx for half a billion dirhams:

The suspect said: "I am not a cheat. I had a stall at Global Village where I displayed precious stones, including the onyx. I asked the police to try the stone before confiscating it and arresting me. They refused. I brought it with me from Yemen."

His lawyer Saeed Al Ghailani said his client claimed that he tried the stone once on a sheep and it worked. "We will bring witnesses to corroborate his claims before the court when it reconvene next week," said the lawyer.

The solution is amazingly simple: have the man test the stone out himself. If the bullets bounce off him, he's obviously innocent and the stone is a miracle and cheap at ten times the price.

If it's a hoax: problem solved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better still, have the lawyer try it out - he's the same one as in your last post!

07 February, 2008 15:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to the poor sod. He's no more guilty than a couple of organisations in Dubai flogging worthless piles of stones in the desert to gullible foreigners for millions of dollars, selling them as an 'investment' or a 'lifestyle'.

Caveat emptor, suckers.

07 February, 2008 17:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could have gone both ways. I remember a story in the US where a guy bought a rough stone for 50US$ from one of these market stalls .
The thing is that the buyer knew that it was in fact a rough diamond. It was in fact worth a whole lot of money. The seller sued but lost.

07 February, 2008 17:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the same lawyer from the rape case posted below? What kind of education do you need to become a lawyer in the UAE?

07 February, 2008 21:00  
Blogger Kyle said...

If it's a hoax: problem solved.

Cracker :) LOL :)

07 February, 2008 22:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why test the stone on the sheep when he claims that he's not a cheat on the stone? You'll be amazed at some people's intuition.

But then again I hope these are only a few of instances where Dubai merchants are hoax. I've known a lot of merchants here already who are genuinely honest to their products and services.

12 February, 2008 08:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You posted the right question / suggestion for the prosecution lawyer. Whilst performing the test, the defense lawyer can hold him from behind (just in case if he decides to duck !!!!)
Couldn't stop laughing....... good script for a comedy movie.

12 February, 2008 15:19  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have a pair of these stones, where can i find out more information on it.
I would appreciate any information you could give me.

17 May, 2008 08:32  

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