Sri Lankan woman held for witchcraft

19 April 2012 09:18 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A Sri Lankan woman has been arrested on suspicion of casting a spell on a 13-year-old girl during a Saudi family’s shopping trip, a police spokesman said yesterday, and may face death in a country where convicted sorcerers are beheaded.

The spokesman confirmed that details of the woman’s arrest published in local media were correct. The daily Okaz reported that a Saudi man had complained his daughter had “suddenly started acting in an abnormal way, and that happened after she came close to the Sri Lankan woman” in a large shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah.

“He reported her to the security forces, asking for her arrest, and the specialised units dealt with the situation swiftly and succeeded in arresting her,” Okaz reported.

Saudi Arabia, a US ally, is an absolute monarchy that has no written criminal code and where court rulings are based on judges’ interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. “The punishment is always beheading for anyone found guilty of witchcraft,” a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, Waleed Abu al-Khair, said. (Reuters)

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  • Justice of the Peace Thursday, 19 April 2012 02:14 PM

    For what?

    scrap_metal Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:47 AM

    No disregard to the religion but this is......

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:09 AM

    Certainly their is difference to the laws practiced in Saudi to the manner in which law is abused and amnipulated by the State in Sri Lanka. Simply said, both can be classified as State Terrorism.

    Akbar Ali Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:44 AM

    Hang her!

    joker Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:45 AM

    sooniyang!!!!!!!!!!

    mike Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:49 AM

    this is definitly a cooked up story 200%

    guzban Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:55 AM

    I really can't believe that in this day and age, people can be arrested on ridiculous charges of witchcraft!!!!

    SAM_SPARROW Friday, 20 April 2012 05:43 AM

    this is the problem with lankans. they think every country is like lanka. never obey the rules of other countries just like their own country..

    Ranjidea Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:45 PM

    Why dont you sell her to Palestine to destroy Isreal, then all your problems will be over.

    Narayan Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:27 AM

    Utter stupidity. How come on this 21st Century, there exists a systems even which is an ally of technologically advanced free country. Give a break people. Please stop sending our women to middle east for the sake of money. Let them live in SL with dignity.

    DireStraits Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:32 PM

    Money Money Money, its to funny, in a rich man's world.

    dila Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:24 AM

    hang your self stupid !!!!!

    mfz Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:10 AM

    Shame on you,

    mfz Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:43 AM

    Well said mate, stop exporting our women as slaves. why on earth our men can't look after their families.

    Truth Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:20 AM

    The issue is that these people know what the punishment is and still go ahead and do these things.

    SRK Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:42 AM

    actually this is not the 'first' case of witchcraft in that country. Do not understand why they are misunderstanding Islam so much? As we all know, Islam is ALL ABOUT love and tolerance.


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