Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Saudi Arabia executes woman convicted of ‘sorcery’

Saudi authorities executed a woman Monday convicted of practicing magic and sorcery in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the AP reports. The Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed the execution by beheading in a statement, but gave no details on the woman's crime.


An activist holds a banner reading "Saudi Arabia is a criminal of humanity" during a protest against an execution in June. (ADEK BERRY - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, has more information, quoting the chief of religious police who arrested her as saying she had fooled people into thinking she could treat illnesses, charging them $800 per session. The paper says she was arrested in 2009 and later convicted in a Saudi court.

In September, a Saudi man was beheaded for practicing “sorcery,” pushing human rights group Amnesty International to call for a moratorium on executions in the kingdom. AP reports that 76 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia this year, at least three of which were women, and at least 11 of which were foreign nationals.

The crime of “sorcery” is not defined in Saudi Arabian law, according to Amnesty International.

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