In one of the more absurd court stories we've heard out of Egypt in a while, a judge jailed an unnamed photojournalist for 24 hours... Just because his phone rang.
They say that the truth will set you free... While a phone call during court proceeding will send you directly to jail. News is emerging that heroic Judge Mohamed Shereen Fahmy saved his court hearing from descending into absolute chaos, by sentencing a photojournalist to spend 24 hours in jail after for receiving a phone call while court was in session.
Breaking this ridiculous story is none other than the hard nosed reporters at Youm7. Unknown is the identity of said photojournalist, which leaves us to be somewhat skeptical. Supposedly, the incident occurred during a trial where 47 defendants faced charges of breaking into Al-Tbeen police station in south Cairo in August 2013. The riot resulted in one officer being killed, with many injured.
Facing charges of murder, torching a police station, helping prisoners escape, joining an illegal group and assaulting police forces, the 47 defendants sat silently awaiting to hear their fate, when out of nowhere came a phone call heard all across Cairo. Instantly worried that his court would descend into anarchy Judge Fahmy sprung into action accusing the photojournalist of interrupting the session and rioting.
We’re not exactly sure how a phone call equates to a riot, but considering that the photojournalist was charged with such, we imagine the defendants on trial for actually rioting are likely shit out of luck.
So, the next time you find yourself attending trial we strongly suggesting leaving the phone off or at home, as the last thing you would want to do is start a riot in court. You’ve been warned.