Egyptian-Jewish leader acquitted of fraud

The nightmare is now over: Carmen Weinstein (pictured), leader of the Cairo Jewish community, has had all charges of fraud against her dropped, the Jerusalem Post reports. The octagenarian won a countersuit on 5 February 2013. The case  shows how easily the tiny community is itself exposed to attempts to defraud it (with thanks: Lily)

Carmen Weinstein, the president of the Egyptian
Jewish community, was acquitted last week of fraud and embezzlement of 3
million Egyptian pounds ($450,000) by the Abdeen Court of Misdemeanors.

She
won the appeal last Monday after first losing her trial in the
Heliopolis Court of Misdemeanors, which sentenced her to three years in
jail in absentia, reported the Egyptian Independent.

The
Egyptian Jewish publication the Bassatine News, explains that the story
began in 2010, when Egyptian businessman Nabil Badie Bishay accused
Weinstein of stealing three million Egyptian pounds after he had already
paid the money for a Jewish community property.

Bishay claimed
Weinstein “had treacherously withdrawn her power of attorney in his
favor, precluding him to complete the paperwork for the title transfer.”

In
a case that attracted international media attention, Weinstein filed a
countersuit claiming the accusation was baseless and just another
attempt of someone trying to steal Jewish community property.

According to the Bassatine News, the Jewish community in Cairo is very small and consists mostly of elderly women.

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