It’s a wrap: Egyptian woman files for divorce after just 40 days over shawarma

A shawarma ended a marriage in Egypt. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 February 2018

It’s a wrap: Egyptian woman files for divorce after just 40 days over shawarma

DUBAI: An Egyptian woman is ending her marriage after just 40-days because her husband refused to buy her a shawarma, Egyptian news site Masrawy reported.
The woman, Sameeha, said that when the newlyweds went out, she told her husband she wanted a shawarma, but he refused, saying they “only went out for juice.”
“We had a traditional arranged marriage, I only knew him for two months before the wedding and never noticed how stingy he was,” Sameeha told the Egyptian daily.
“During the first week of our marriage, he told me that he hates going out anywhere because that would be a waste of money,” she added.
The woman also stated that her husband accused her of “exploiting his wealth” by demanding he buy her a shawarma after he bought her juice.
The case is now in the Egyptian court and is set to wrap up in the coming weeks.


EU condemns execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari

Updated 14 September 2020

EU condemns execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari

  • Iranian state media reported Afkari’s execution on Saturday
  • Afkari, a champion Greco-Roman wrestler, had been convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday added its voice to an international outcry over the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, saying the death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment which the EU opposes in all cases.
Iranian state media reported Afkari’s execution on Saturday. Afkari, a champion Greco-Roman wrestler, had been convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018.
Afkari’s family has maintained that his conviction depended on a confession that was extracted through torture, which Afkari later recanted. The Iranian judiciary rejected his appeals.
“The European Union is opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and cases with no exception,” a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.
“Human rights remain a central feature of our engagement with Iran. We will continue to engage with Iranian authorities on this issue including through the local EU representation in Teheran and also on individual cases such as this recent execution,” he said.
The United States, which unlike the EU practices the death penalty, has also condemned Afkari’s execution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called it “an outrageous assault on human dignity, even by the despicable standards of this regime.”