Judge waives fines for Saudi student in heartwarming viral clip

US judge Frank Caprio, an Internet sensation thanks to his short videos of rulings he makes in court, warmed to Saudi student Tahani Al-Manei who is in the state studying for a network engineering degree. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Updated 07 March 2019
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Judge waives fines for Saudi student in heartwarming viral clip

LONDON: A heartwarming encounter between a Saudi student in the US and a Rhode Island judge has gone viral in the Middle East.
US judge Frank Caprio, an internet sensation thanks to his short videos of rulings he makes in court, warmed to Tahani Al-Manei who is in the state studying for a network engineering degree.
In the video, having been told that Al-Manei has flouted parking rules on six different occasions and has not paid the fines, he questioned why she keeps parking in a paid zone without payment.
When Al-Manei explained her predicament of not being able to park anywhere, Judge Caprio reduced a potential $350 fine to $75, saying he understood that she is a student and was trying to do the right thing.
Caprio asked the student if she enjoyed living in the city — she replied “so, so” saying that her car had been targeted on a number of occasions by local residents.
On hearing this, Caprio said he admired her attitude for coming to study in a different country, waived the fine completely and wished her good luck in resolving the parking issue.
The judge’s videos have been spreading across the internet with more than 1.7 billion views worldwide, while his “Caught in Providence” show is broadcast in 186 cities across the US.


Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

Updated 23 March 2019
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Egyptian singer Sherine banned after claiming lack of free speech

  • The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking
  • Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted

CAIRO: An Egyptian singer has been banned from performing in her home country after suggesting that it does not respect free speech.
A video clip circulated online shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, during a performance in Bahrain, saying: “Here I can say whatever I want. In Egypt, anyone who talks gets imprisoned.”
Egypt’s Musicians Union responded late Friday by barring the singer, popularly known by her first name, from performing. It also summoned her for questioning.
Samir Sabry, a pro-government lawyer with a reputation for moral vigilantism and suing celebrities, filed a complaint against the singer accusing her of “insulting Egypt and inviting suspicious rights groups to interfere in Egypt’s affairs.”
Last year, Sherine was sentenced to six months in prison over a similar clip from a concert in which she joked that the Nile is polluted. The sentence was suspended upon appeal. She apologized for the remark, calling it a “bad joke.”
The singer, who hosts the Arabic version of “The Voice,” apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview aired late Friday, saying she was joking.
“I am very tired. I made a mistake. I am sorry. I appeal the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is our father. I feel that I was persecuted. I did nothing. I love Egypt,” she said.
Egyptian authorities have waged an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi led the military overthrow of Mohammed Mursi in 2013. The local media is dominated by pro-government outlets that attack anyone seen as criticizing the country or its leaders, and several people have been jailed or fined for violating vaguely written laws outlawing such criticism.