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July 10, 1998
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An Israeli court ruled that the Egyptian ambassador to the Jewish state must accept court papers naming him as a defendant in a civil suit filed by a belly dancer who claimed he raped her last year. Ambassador Mohammed Basiouny has refused to accept the papers, citing diplomatic immunity. Shlomit Shalom, who is suing him for some $290,000, turned to civil action after her initial complaint to police was dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

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