Woman decapitated in Saudi Arabia for practicing witchcraft

Woman decapitated in Saudi Arabia for practicing witchcraft

Washougal : WA : USA | Jul 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM PDT
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Saudi Woman Beheaded For Witchcraft - News Story

The Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia has stated that a local female resident named Amina Bint Saleem Bin Saleem Naseer has been beheaded after being found involved in committing sorcery that is strictly prohibited in conservative Gulf. She was executed in Northern state of Jawf.

The ministry did not provide any further information on the nature of the crime that resultantly sentenced her to death. According to Alhayyat, a London-based newspaper, a member of religious police that convicted Amina was almost 60 years old.

Saudi officials also said that she was involved in malpractice that included deceiving people and taking money from them by pledging that their illness would be removed. According to officials, she used to charge $800 per session.

According to Amnesty International, the number of executions involving decapitating has reached up to 73 in the Kingdom in the current year. A similar case previously happened in October last year when a woman was beheaded for murdering her own husband by setting his house on fire.

The exact figure of women executions is unavailable, but the Amnesty International has strongly criticized the executions, calling the law "truly shocking" and demanding the Saudi government to stop such practices.

"The charges of 'witchcraft and sorcery' are not defined as crimes in Saudi Arabia," Philip Luther, Amnesty's interim director of the Middle East and North Africa, said.

The country is running under the monarchy system and laws are based on Shariah.

According to Amnesty, the most annoying fact is that many of the executed people were neither informed about their case’s proceedings nor they were facilitated with a defense Lawyer.

Furthermore, Amnesty has also alleged Saudi Arabia for making campaigns to suppress the reformists and right activists after the Middle East outbreaks started. Amnesty also condemned the Saudi vote that went against UN General Assembly’s Resolution to stop the worldwide executions.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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