Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Business card of Yahya A. A. Abdelsamad surfaces

I was shuffling through some miscellaneous stuff in a drawer yesterday when I noticed this business card in the mix from the defendant in the lawsuit (whose name I'd spelled "Yahiya").

It is a curious business card, but I can't remember the occasion when he gave it to me. Considering that the address on it is a Tokyo address, he might have given it to me during his transition from Kyoto to Tokyo (circa 2005-6). 

Aside from the fact that there is no telephone number on it, there is no occupation listed, either. 

Abdelsamad described himself as "The Nazir of Shaigya".

Shaigiya refers to a tribal group in Sudan, which is where he said his father, whom he claimed was a diplomat, was from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaigiya_tribe

In light of the Japanese rendering of the word Nazir as 准男爵 (じゅんだんしゃく(jun-dan-shaku)),it is clear that Abdelsamad was indeed trying to pass himself off as a member of Sudanese (sub) aristocracy, as the term in English is baronet: 
The English language Wikipedia page does not show Sudan as a country that uses such a system, however.

Here are links to the Japanese Wikipedia page: 
as well as another page that refers to countries other than England: https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1153176256

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