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Shocker: Saudis Won’t Behead ‘Psychic’!

Who says there’s never any good news from the Middle East and the Religion of Peace?

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

This undated picture released by the office of Attorney May al-Khansa, the lawyer of Lebanese TV psychic Ali Sibat, shows Ali Sibat, center, posing for a photograph with his wife at an unknown location in Saudi Arabia.

Saudis not to behead Lebanese psychic


April 21, 2010

BEIRUT — A Lebanese TV psychic, who was condemned to death for witchcraft by a Saudi court while visiting the country, will not be beheaded, his lawyer said Wednesday.

May al-Khansa told The Associated Press that the Saudi ambassador in Beirut informed the Lebanese justice minister that the execution of Ali Sibat would not take place.

"He confirmed to me that there will be no execution," al-Khansa said about her conversation with Ibrahim Najjar, Lebanon’s justice minister. She refused to go into details but said "matters are going in the right direction."

"We have faith in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system," she added, noting that Sibat’s actions are not considered a crime in Lebanon.

Sibat is one of scores of people reported arrested every year in the kingdom on charges of practicing sorcery, witchcraft, black magic and fortunetelling, which are considered to be polytheism by the country’s ultraconservative judiciary.

The father of five was arrested by the Saudi religious police while making a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in May 2008 and sentenced to death last November on charges of practicing witchcraft.

Sibat, 49, made predictions on a satellite TV channel from his home in Beirut, where psychics, fortunetellers and astrologers operate freely. Many have regular TV and radio shows and some cafes even hire them to attract more customers. On Dec. 31, they jostle for air time to give their predictions for the new year.

Do they ever dare to predict the appearance of the New Moon for Ramadan?

That could save a lot of bloodshed. (Consequently, it is probably illegal, too.)

According to his lawyer, he was the most popular psychic on his channel, especially among callers from the conservative Gulf.

After Mecca, Sibat went to Medina to pray at the Mosque of the Prophet. At his hotel, members of the religious police who enforce the kingdom’s strict Islamic lifestyle spotted him and grabbed him.

Earlier this week, a Saudi judicial official said the country’s highest appellate court had upheld the death sentence and asked the nation’s Supreme Judicial Council to set a date to carry out the execution…

Let’s hope that they aren’t starting on the slippery slope to tolerance.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Shocker: Saudis Won’t Behead ‘Psychic’!”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Some times I’m tempted to travel to the Mid-East. It would be like going back in time to the Dark Ages.

    Then I wake up.

  2. David says:

    I guess he didn’t see that coming…

  3. canary says:

    Well, point was he’s a believer. It’s unbelievers that get the heads chopped off. Think the debate was how can believe in Allah, if he resorts to believing
    in other powers. The making the pilgrimage probably went in his favor. Also, he might have said he repented and asked for forgiveness.

  4. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “We have faith in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system,” she added”

    Sure thing Toots. Why don’t you try walking 10 ft. on any Saudi street with out the do-rag and then I’ll check back with you.

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