Sorcery Death Sentence in Saudi Arabia

From Salman Hameed of Irtiqa:

A few months back, I posted about a ridiculous court case in which a Lebanese TV host, Ali Hussain Sibat, had been sentenced to death on “sorcery” charges in Saudi Arabia. This is a serious issue. In 2007, an Egyptian pharmacist, working in the Saudi kingdom, was executed on sorcery charges.┬áSibat appealed the decision, but now it seems that he is facing the death penalty again despite the appellate court finding the initial verdict “premature”:

El Khansa tells CNN that the Mecca appeals court then sent the case back to the original court for reconsideration, stipulating that all charges made against Sibat needed to be verified and that he should be given a chance to repent.
On March 10, judges in Medina upheld their initial verdict, meaning Sibat is once again sentenced to be executed.

According to Arab News, an English language Saudi daily newspaper, after the most recent verdict was issued, the judges in Medina issued a statement expressing that Sibat deserved to be executed for having continually practiced black magic on his show, adding that this sentence would deter others from practicing sorcery. Arab News reports that the case will now return to the appeals court in Mecca.

If a human life was not at stake, we would simply shake our heads in disappointment and perhaps walk away. But now the consequences make the whole issue disgusting.I know that Jahiliyya is a loaded term, but this action of the Saudi court would qualify as such in any contemporary society (the Taliban excluded).

Here is an appeal from Amnesty International to write to the Saudi king (you will also find more details about the case there).

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