Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Update: Saudis won't behead TV psychic

The Associated Press is reporting a Lebanese TV psychic accused of witchcraft while visiting Saudi Arabia will not be executed by beheading after all.

Ali Sibat, a was arrested in May 2008 while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and sentenced to death last November for the crime of practicing witchcraft. Sibat operated as a popular psychic over satellite TV and made predictions from Beirut, where astrology and fortune telling is not illegal.

The case has received media attention and the Human Rights Watch lobbied Saudi to have the conviction overturned and revoke the "vague" and "arbitrarily" enforced witchcraft laws.

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