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18 March, 2008

Rolling stones

Dubai's most thrilling legal saga rocks on, with the billion dirham bulletproof onyx now on trial in the Court of Appeal. The stone's owner is willing to take a bullet to prove his magic pebble is effective:

"I am willing to prove to the world that it's a bulletproof onyx stone... I am ready to face a death sentence if that's what will take me to prove that the stone is doubtlessly bulletproof... I didn't con anybody's money, but the police tricked me and filed a malicious case against me," the 52-year-old Yemeni dealer, Q.M., told the Dubai Appeals Court on Monday.

Meanwhile his defence lawyer hopes that modern science can prove the rock's miraculous nature:

"Defence lawyer Saeed Al Ghailani, of Saeed Al Ghailani Advocates and Legal Consultants, asked the Appeal's Court judge to assign a physics expert or Dubai police's criminal laboratory to test the stone and decide whether it contains any electromagnetic powers which deviates the bullet before it hits the stone wearer."

Any test-tube waggling white-bearded boffins out there willing to take up this challenging experiment? Sadly Wikipedia, the usual source of all necessary human knowledge, isn't much help in this instance.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saeed Al Ghailani the only defense lawyer in town or is his name common along the lines of Bill Smith?

18 March, 2008 21:43  
Blogger Kyle said...

I really don’t know how this case would have been dealt with in my neighborhood courthouse on the East Coast. I suppose law enforcement in our backyard would have found a method to give this guy a benefit of the doubt. Then, use that stone for two purposes:

First, to really determine the reflector theory (if it worked, it worked – to make it work in a dire situation ;) and second, if it didn’t, to haul this swindler’s butt into a sanatorium for inducing a death wish!

I don’t know, how this case would be handled here but it’s really interesting to see how it develops especially since they don’t follow the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ route here!

Meanwhile, I really feel for the defendant. He may be a loonie or he may also be a supernatural being.

The finding out is the tricky part!

18 March, 2008 22:17  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Ah! We are going to talk about magic! Good! I get to hear all these weird stories about domestic workers running away because the madam kept putting worms in their water, or employers sending their workers to the deportation center because they made the men in the house impotent. Tell me more!

19 March, 2008 11:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, your blog is finally blocked in Dubai!!!

too bad, a hole is open to let the sun shine in ...and is eventually covered with a burka.

cheers to a fast un-blocking!

19 March, 2008 19:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah .. I waz thinkin same .. is Saeed Al Ghailani only defense lawyer??

19 March, 2008 21:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen this?

This blog seems to be the documenting some strange sightings in dubai:

Sightings in Dubai


22 March, 2008 10:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But will it blend?

24 March, 2008 15:54  

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