How can anyone be burned at the stake beheaded for “casting a spell” in the 21st Century?  But that is what has just happened in Saudi Arabia, as a “sorcerer” was executed.  From the story:

According to the officer’s account Abdul Hamid agreed to carry out the curse in exchange for 6,000 Saudi Arabian riyals (approximately £1,000). He was beaten after his arrest and thought to have been forced to admit to acts of sorcery. In a secret trial, where he was not allowed legal representation, he was sentenced to death by the General Court in Medina in March 2007.

Well, at least he got a fair chance of defending himself.  Did these killers think that if he could really cast spells, they would not have been turned into turnips?  There should be a human rights outcry.

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