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Saudi woman executed for 'witchcraft and sorcery'

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    A Saudi woman is seen in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, March 29, 2010. (AP / Hassan Ammar)

    Saudi Arabia beheads woman for 'witchcraft'
    A woman was beheaded in Saudi Arabia for practicing witchcraft and sorcery, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said, prompting Amnesty International to call for a halt in executions there.
    Amina bint Abdel Halim Nassar was executed Monday for having "committed the practice of witchcraft and sorcery," according to an Interior Ministry statement. Nassar was investigated before her arrest and was "convicted of what she was accused of based on the law," the statement said. Her beheading took place in the Qariyat province of the region of Al-Jawf, the ministry said.

    In a statement issued late Monday, the human rights group called the execution "deeply shocking" and said it "highlights the urgent need for a halt in executions in Saudi Arabia."
    "While we don't know the details of the acts which the authorities accused Amina of committing, the charge of sorcery has often been used in Saudi Arabia to punish people, generally after unfair trials, for exercising their right to freedom of speech or religion," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's interim director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme.
    Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, practices a puritanical version of Islam and is governed by Shariah, or Islamic law. In the deeply conservative kingdom, sorcery, witchcraft and blasphemy are all offenses that can be punishable by death.
    The London-based Saudi newspaper Al-Hayat quoted a source in the country's religious police who said authorities searched Nassar's home and found books on sorcery, a number of talismans and glass bottles filled with liquids supposedly used for the purposes of magic. The source told the paper Nassar was selling spells and bottles of the liquid potions for about $400 dollars each.
    CNN could not reach Saudi Arabia's religious police or Justice Ministry for comment.
    Amnesty says Nassar's execution is "the second of its kind in recent months. In September, a Sudanese national was beheaded in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina after being convicted on 'sorcery' charges."
    The human rights group said the number of executions in Saudi Arabia has almost tripled in 2011.
    "So far at least 79 people -- including five women -- have been executed there, compared to at least 27 in 2010," the Amnesty statement said.
    This is not the first sorcery case in Saudi Arabia to spark outrage from human rights groups. In 2008, Lebanese TV host Ali Hussain Sibat was arrested on charges of sorcery while in Saudi Arabia on a religious pilgrimage. In 2009, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. While Sibat has not been executed, he remains in prison.
    Saudi Arabia's judicial system also made headlines this month for the sentence imposed on Australian national Mansor Almaribe, who was convicted of blasphemy while performing the Hajj in the kingdom, and sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison. The Australian government is pleading Almaribe's case.

    Saudi Arabia beheads woman for 'witchcraft' - Chicago Tribune

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    Women beheaded in Saudi execution frenzy

    FRIDAY 23 JULY 1999

    SAUDI ARABIA has embarked on another orgy of head-chopping, decapitating a total of 55 people so far this year - almost double the executions carried out in 1998 - including two women who were beheaded in public for allegedly trafficking in drugs.Hawa Faruk and Aisha Saada Kassem had their heads cut off with swords - after their scarves were torn from their heads by their executioners - in Riyadh and Jeddah. Both women were Nigerian; Ms Faruk was decapitated on 28 May and Ms Kassem was executed before a large crowd outside a mosque just a week ago.
    Needless to say, there have been no words of condemnation in the West, let alone in the United States, whose troops continue to be based in the kingdom and whose oil investments in Saudi Arabia render even the slightest criticism impossible. The women - like the 53 male victims - were tried in semi-secret courts. An unusually large number of beheadings this year were carried out on foreigners: they included 10 Pakistanis for drug offences, five Nigerians (four for alleged drug offences, one for armed robbery), three Indians (two for drug-related crimes, one for rape), two Afghans, two Indonesians and a Syrian.
    As usual, the Saudis announced each decapitation with a short paragraph in the government-controlled press. Aisha Kassem's execution - "with a sabre", it was gruesomely announced - took place after she was convicted of "smuggling cocaine hidden in her intestines".
    Up to five years ago, executions of women took place in Saudi prisons, sometimes by firing squad, but since 1996, they have been in public, often after Friday prayers and in front of hundreds of men. In 1997, they executed three women - Zahra Issa Ali and Bana Mohamed Adam, both Nigerians accused of drug trafficking, and Soleha Anam Kadiran, an Indonesian convicted of murdering a Saudi woman.
    A year earlier, a Saudi woman, Dha**** bint Said bin Mohamed al-Salim, was beheaded for killing her husband, and two Indonesian women were decapitated for alleged drugs trafficking. In 1995, a Saudi mother and daughter were executed together - their scarves again torn from their heads before decapitation.
    The worst year for executions in Saudi Arabia was 1995, when 192 condemned, seven of them women, went beneath the sword. There were 96 beheadings in 1996, 122 the following year and 29 in 1998.
    The human rights organisation Amnesty International regularly condemns Saudi Arabia for its executions and for the mockery of a trial which most of the victims receive. The hearings, according to Amnesty, do not accord with the basic norms of international law and are often heard in secret. Visitors to Saudi Arabia have said that women convicted of drugs offences are sometimes rape victims who are judicially murdered to prevent them identifying their assailant.
    Saudi Arabia regularly justifies these bloody scenes by quoting from Koranic law, by reminding foreigners of Saudi tradition and by insisting upon the integrity and humanity of its courts. In one case last year, a Saudi executioner had raised his sword over a condemned man's head when the father of the boy he was accused of murdering stepped forward to pardon the prisoner. The executioner lowered his sword. But death sentences are rarely commuted - unless, of course, the prisoner happens to be a British nurse.
    Death by the blade is something all Saudis know of but few wish to discuss. But yesterday, I spoke to a man who had once flown over the Saudi desert with the old King Abdul Aziz. "The king wanted to show me a village," he said. "I didn't know why but when we got overhead, it was just a deserted place with a few stray dogs.
    "And then the king said to me: `The people of this village used to rob the caravans to Mecca and I warned them to stop. They didn't listen to me, so I warned them again. Again, they didn't listen. So I sent my guards to the village and they cut off the heads of every man, woman and child. And they waited for villagers to return from far away. And they cut off their heads too. And there was no more robbery. If you are going to rule, you must use your power and be firm."
    If other Muslim nations, however, think they can regard themselves as squeaky clean in the execution stakes, here are a few statistics to suggest otherwise: Iraq has so far this year executed 208 people, Kuwait six, Yemen 17, Iran 69, United Arab Emirates two. Just over four years ago, the Emirates executed an 18-year-old Sri Lankan girl on her birthday. So far this year, the US has executed 59 people by lethal injection and electric chair.

    Women beheaded in Saudi execution frenzy - World - News - The Independent
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