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Rights body urges Saudi to repeal witchcraft death sentence
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged a…
November 25, 2009 10:21 by kippreport
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged a Saudi court to overturn a death sentence imposed on Ali Sibat, a Lebanese man convicted of practicing witchcraft. The group said that Sibat was arrested in Medina last year because of making psychic predictions on a TV channel in Beirut.
“Saudi courts are sanctioning a literal witch hunt by the religious police,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of HRW said in a statement. “The crime of ‘witchcraft’ is being used against all sorts of behavior, with the cruel threat of state-sanctioned executions.”