A family in Saudi Arabia is taking a genie to court, accusing it of theft and harassment. The local Al Watan newspaper reports that the genie stands accused of making threats, throwing stones and stealing mobile phones.
In traditional Islamic lore genies are known as jinn or djinn. According to the Koran they were created before mortal humans. A jinn may be good or evil.
The most interesting aspect of this story is that the lawsuit is being taken seriously by the Saudi courts, highlighting the gulf between Middle Eastern and Western legal systems. A spokesperson for a local court is quoted as saying they are trying to verify the truthfulness of the claims "despite the difficulty of doing so".
Excellent understatement. I wish them luck.