This is like sentencing to death Carnac the Magnificent. Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places: “TV Presenter On Death Row For Witchcraft,” from Sky News, November 24 (thanks to Peter):
A man has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for witchcraft because he makes predictions on television.
Ali Sibat is not even a Saudi national. The Lebanese citizen was only visiting Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage when he was arrested in Medina last year.
A court in the city condemned him as a witch on November 9.
The only evidence presented in court was reportedly the claim he appeared regularly on Lebanese satellite issuing general advice on life and making predictions about the future.
The case is causing outrage among human rights campaigners but has made little news elsewhere despite the ludicrous nature of the charges and the extraordinary severity of Sibat’s sentence.
“Saudi courts are sanctioning a literal witch hunt by the religious police,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
“The crime of witchcraft is being used against all sorts of behavior, with the cruel threat of state sanctioned executions.”…