لا تبوگ و لا تخاف

10 May, '07

Bandarite Attiyatallah - courtesy Al-Wasat Newspaper

He’s still unperturbed.

Unrepentant.

And completely without shame.

Whatever.

Another favourite idiom that comes to mind in addition to the above, which by the way translates to “don’t steal and don’t be afraid (of being caught)” is من أمن العقاب أساء الأدب which loosely translates to “if you secure immunity from punishment, you will do as you please”.

So why should Ahmed Attiyatallah be afraid? He shouldn’t and he probably has never come across that feeling in his life, at least the fear of breaking the laws of this country and being held to account for it. It appears he not only secured himself immunity against punishment, but has the full backing of the government in addition to more than half our elected parliament fighting tooth and nail to allay him the discomfort of facing questions about financial irregularities which he himself has admitted to in black and white.

Not only that, but he brazenly puts out a very wordy statement last night the Arabic language of which is poetry! I never thought he was capable of such literate and poetic language before, but I raise my hat to him, if it indeed was written by him in the first place. I had to re-read it a couple of times to try to get to the gist of it as it is teaming with idioms, lore, advice, castigation and flowery prose.

Poetry though does not exonerate one from perceived crimes, and putting out statements rather than facing questioning in committee in parliament as set in the constitution and parliamentary bylaws is once again a transgression that no minister should consider.

So, Ahmed, advice from me, if you do want to clear your name and exonerate yourself from those heinous accusations, do yourself a favour and present yourself voluntarily for questioning by parliamentary committees as I am sure you would not want to restrict the questioning simply for financial irregularities, but face your accusers also for your perceived role in the Bandargate affair (which the gutless press can now write about directly without having to go round the houses as the court has made its decision in that case, so that ban has automatically been lifted).

I am glad that someone had dissected the minister’s statement for me though, so thanks go to Adel Marzooq whose analysis of that statement in today’s Al-Wasat rips the respected minister another orifice.

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  1. The Joker says:

    The government’s objection incriminates the chap. The minister of saving face said “It happened during his last post” or something like that.

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  3. SH says:

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  4. mahmood says:

    When did that happen? And isn’t it ironic to block a government sponsored site? Was this only when the Probe got unsheathed?

    Ah well, into the blocked list it goes.

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  6. exclamation mark says:

    Why be afraid, after the total clean up of any thing or evidence that leads to Ahmed Attiyatallah ?

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