Man executed for practising witchcraft in Saudi Arabia

Man executed for practising witchcraft in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia | Jun 20, 2012 at 2:11 AM PDT
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Woman Beheaded For Sorcery

Saudi Arabia executed a man for practising witchcraft and committing adultery, the state news agency said on Tuesday .

Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri was convicted of “witchcraft, sorcery and owning written talismans”. He was also said to have admitted carrying out adultery with two women, according to the official SPA news agency.

Beheading is "God's punishment" for "sorcerers and charlatans," according to a statement that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice issued in March. “The unit has been given orders to immediately arrest sorcerers and charlatans and refer them to the specialized authorities to apply God’s punishment on them and end their harmful deeds against Muslims.”

No details were given of what he was found guilty of beyond the charges of witchcraft and sorcery.In al-Asiri's case, his confession to two counts of adultery may have been the original reason for his arrest.

Amnesty International says the country does not formally classify sorcery as a capital offence.It said at least 82 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year, many of them by public beheading.

Last year, at least two people were beheaded for sorcery in Saudi Arabia: a Saudi woman, executed for committing sorcery and witchcraft in December; and a Sudanese man executed in September.
Human rights organizations have criticized Saudi Arabia's persecution of alleged "sorcerers".
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