Saudi Family Charges Genie With Harassment

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2009 7:50 PM CDT
A Saudi family relaxes in a park at the Red Sea city of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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(Newser) – A Saudi Arabian family has taken a genie to court and charged it with harassment and theft, the BBC reports. Family members say they were forced to abandon their home near Medina after the spirit made strange noises, threatened them, and stole their cell phones. A local court is looking into their claims "despite the difficulty" of finding proof. In Islamic theology, genies are more sinister than generous, often driven by jealousy or revenge.