Arabic press review: Egyptian women arrested after trying to sell child on Facebook

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Egyptian puts her baby up for sale on Facebook

An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced two women – a mother and a grandmother – to three years in prison for offering a newborn baby for sale on the social media site Facebook, according to the London-based newspaper Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed.

According to the details of the case, the two women offered the child for sale because it was “the result of relationships outside the framework of marriage” and asked for a price of 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,600).

The court also fined the two women 200,000 Egyptian pounds (about $6,400). Public Prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy referred the two defendants in the case to the criminal court on charges of human trafficking after the incident spread on social media.

The referral decision stated that the two women offered the child for sale and took commercial advantage of it by offering an agreement to sell it through the personal account of the first defendant (the mother) on Facebook.

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The referral decision confirmed that they put the child’s life at risk by offering it for sale for money.

Jordanian sentence to read Quran

A Jordanian court has sentenced a university student for reciting the Holy Quran and memorizing parts of it instead of serving a prison term, after he was convicted of assaulting and threatening another young man, according to the Jordanian Petra news agency .

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The young man assaulted and threatened another person and harmed him, but the victim later dropped the charges.

The court also found that the defendant was a university student and the sole breadwinner of his family, so it decided to give him a chance to reform himself through another punishment by sending him to the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

The court said in its decision that the defendant had been proven to have committed the crimes he was charged with, which were punishable.

However, as the defendant was still young, he said it was necessary to give him an opportunity to reintegrate into society away from a prison sentence or financial penalty.

Property of Algerian officials was seized

Algerian judicial authorities have begun confiscating the assets of former officials and businessmen involved in corruption cases during the term of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, according to a report published by the London newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

One of the most significant cases dealt with by the Algerian judges is the file of the former minister of health, Abdelmalek Boudiaf, in which the court issued a decision to sentence him to seven years imprisonment and a financial fine of 4 million dinars ($30,000).

The court also sentenced his son to four years in prison with a financial penalty of 3 million dinars ($22,000), while his daughter was sentenced to 18 months of suspended imprisonment, and the seizure of all movable property and the family’s bank accounts.

The Algerian authorities also decided to confiscate all the property of the former minister of solidarity and the family, Djamel Ould Abbas, after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds of victims of terrorism.

The Supreme Court’s rejection of the appeals submitted by the former minister means that two previous judgments against him, one a six-year prison sentence and the other a four-year prison sentence, are final and effective, as well as the immediately initiate confiscation. his immovable and movable property and unclaimed bank balances.

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