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Saudi family takes 'genie' to court
A family in Saudi Arabia has taken a "genie" to court, accusing it of leaving threatening messages on their mobile phones.
Published: 9:20PM BST 13 Jul 2009
They also claim the spirit has thrown stones at them outside their house and stolen their property.
The family claims to have been forced to move out of the home where they have lived near the city of Medina for 15 years.
A family spokesman said: "We began to hear strange sounds. At first we did not take it seriously, but then stranger things started to happen and the children got particularly scared when the genie started throwing stones."
"A woman spoke to me first, and then a man. They said we should get out of the house."
A local court has now been asked to verify the claims "despite the difficulty" of doing so.
In Islamic theory, are spirits that can harass or possess humans and animas and are often said to be motivated by revenge or jealousy.