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47. A Christian man accused the government of persecuting Copts and resorted to the Vatican when the Family Court referred to the Abi H&#803anifah school of Islamic law in a lawsuit he had filed to determine his daughter’s paternity

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47. A Christian man accused the government of persecuting Copts and resorted to the Vatican when the Family Court referred to the Abī H&#803anīfah school of Islamic law in a lawsuit he had filed to determine his daughter’s paternity
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2007
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34
Article number: 
47
Article pages: 
p. 10
Date of source: 
27-08-2007
Author: 
‘Antar ‘Abd al-Latif
Reviewer: 
Katia Saqqa
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A Catholic husband doubts the paternity of his daughter and criticizes the Egyptian judicial authorities that dealt with his family’s life by relying on the Islamic Sharī‘ah. The Catholic Church criticized the issue and preferred a church court that might refer in serious cases to the pope of the Vatican.

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Jibrā’īl George Saqqāl is a Catholic Egyptian who was forced to the khul‘ according to the rules of Sharī‘ah. Jibrā’īl is a father of a girl and a boy. His wife, who works as a hostess at the Cairo Airport, repeatedly stated that the daughter was not his.
The children were born in the United States and lived there from time to time. [Reviewer: No specific details mentioned about the situation.]
Jibrā’īl claims that his wife told her daughter at many times that he was not her real father and that the girl reported this to him.
Consequently, he wanted to file a claim against his wife to have a genetic test on the daughter to prove her lineage. However, the Family Court proved that the girl was his according to the Ḥanafī Islamic school of Islamic law, which aroused Jibrā’īl’s anger
Jibrā’īl complained to the Vatican because he is a Catholic and was judged according to the Islamic Sharī‘ah.
From the church’s side, Father ‘Abd al-Masīḥ Lam‘ī said that since the parents were Catholic, their cause should have been discussed in the church and resolved using genetic science, rather than according to the Islamic Sharī‘ah.
Father ‘Abd al-Masīḥ added that the judge at the Family Court should have referred the case to a church court that would have assigned a lawyer for every party, a jury headed by a metropolitan, and three advisor priests
If there were any complications in the process involving the church jury, the case documents would be translated into Italian and sent to Vatican flagged as “confidential;” the last word on the matter would be the Catholic pope’s.

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