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Saudi Woman Beheaded For “Sorcery”

Saudi Woman Beheaded For “Sorcery”

In a horrific practice of “justice,” Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser, a Saudi Arabian national, was executed on Monday, after being convicted of practicing sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was executed in the northern province of Jawf for “practising witchcraft and sorcery,” the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

Second Execution For “Sorcery” Recently

The 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. He had allegedly confessed after being tortured and was tried without a lawyer.

“The charges of ‘witchcraft and sorcery’ are not defined as crimes in Saudi Arabia and to use them to subject someone to the cruel and extreme penalty of execution is truly appalling,” said Philip Luther Amnesty International’s interim Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme.

“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.”

Number Of Executions Almost Tripled This Year

From Amnesty International:

The number of executions in Saudi Arabia has almost tripled this year. So far at least 79 people – including five women – have been executed there, compared to at least 27 in 2010.“The huge rise in the number of executions in Saudi Arabia is deeply disturbing,” said Philip Luther. “We regularly call on the Saudi Arabian authorities to impose a moratorium with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

Where the death penalty is used, under international law it should only be applied to the most serious crimes.”Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty to a wide range of offences ranging from murder and rape to blasphemy, apostasy, sorcery, adultery and drugs-related offences.

In December 2010, Saudi Arabia was one of a minority of states voting against a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a worldwide moratorium on executions.

It is not clear how many women have been executed in the desert-kingdom, but another woman was beheaded in October for killing her husband by setting his house on fire.

73 Beheadings In Saudi Arabia This Year

This was the 73rd beheading in Saudi Arabia this year.

In September, Amnesty International called on the Muslim kingdom where 140 people were on death row to establish an “immediate moratorium on executions.”

The rights group said Saudi Arabia was one of a minority of states which voted against a UN General Assembly resolution last December calling for a worldwide moratorium on executions. Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

Amnesty says Saudi Arabia executed 27 convicts in 2010, compared to 67 executions announced the year before.

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7:15AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

WICKED, WICKEDNESS WILL NEVER GO AWAY.

1:48PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Jesus. I signed the petition but I doubt it will make any difference.

1:05PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Sorcery, witchcraft, omg seems we are stuck on the dark ages, people, we need to evolve and not let this to hapen in ANY country. Damn this makes me angry.

8:36AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

The only reason we don't have people executed for "sorcery" and witchcraft" in some states in the US is because the framers of the Constitution had seen enough religious violence in Europe to know that a secular government would be best.

To people of any and every religion- what good is your faith if it can't protect you from somebody else's wishful thinking?

4:08PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

One of those times you feel very very lucky to be born elsewhere....
Whenever people debase "the media" as is now fashionable - just look what happens in these countries whee there is no free investigative media....and there are a lot of them.

4:26PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Dark Ages...

6:51PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

And now we are sending fighter jets over there as well. More power to the barbarians!

12:35AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

f'ing sick

10:50PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

And we need to keep Islam extremists out of the US and out of politics! Who needs this kind of sickness in our country.

4:27PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

The middle east has one thing going for them, oil. If the U.S. could get over it's gas hog mentalilty of my powerful engine shows you what a man I am we could ditch the middle east and their ignorant beliefs. Really! sorcery? Hello it doesn't exist so how do they practice it? Just another excuse to kill a woman. They claim they keep their women hidden and covered to protect them. What a bunch of garbage. They disgust me.

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