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Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft' ("One man claimed she had made him impotent.")
The Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 14, 2008

Posted on 02/14/2008 9:14:37 AM PST by Stoat

Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft'

 

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A leading international human rights organisation is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to halt the planned execution of a woman accused of "witchcraft".

The woman is due to be put to death on foot of a coerced confession and the statements of witnesses who said she had "bewitched" them.

One man claimed she had made him impotent. In another case, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell. The court failed to probe alternative explanations for these incidents.

Human Rights Watch has described the charges against her as "absurd" and says they have no basis in law.

"The fact that Saudi judges still conduct trials for unprovable crimes like 'witchcraft' underscores their inability to carry out objective criminal investigations," said Joe Stork, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

"Fawza Falih's case is an example of how the authorities failed to comply even with existing safeguards in the Saudi justice system," he added.

The judges are said to have relied on Fawza Falih's coerced confession and on the statements of witnesses who said she had "bewitched" them to convict her in April 2006.

Falih retracted her confession in court, claiming it was extracted under duress. She said that as an illiterate woman she did not understand the document she was forced to fingerprint.

She also stated in her appeal that her interrogators beat her during her 35 days in detention at the hands.

In November of last year Saudi Arabia executed pharmacist Mustafa Ibrahim for sorcery in Riyadh. Clerics of Saudi Arabia's austere form of Islam, known as Wahhabism, take accusations of sorcery seriously and recently held a conference in Riyadh on how to combat it.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fawzafalih; islam; islamofascists; justice; ksa; law; muslim; saudiarabia; sharia; wahabbi; wahhabi; wahhabism; witchcraft; witches
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1 posted on 02/14/2008 9:14:40 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Sir Bedevere: What makes you think she’s a witch?

Peasant 3: Well, she turned me into a newt!

Sir Bedevere: A newt?

Peasant 3: [meekly after a long pause] ... I got better.

Crowd: [shouts] Burn her anyway!


2 posted on 02/14/2008 9:16:55 AM PST by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Stoat

helen thomas will do that to ya


3 posted on 02/14/2008 9:18:29 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Stoat

Whatever they do over there, they have been doing for thousands of years. Why is it that all of a sudden we have to be so concerned about it? It’s their business, not ours, as long as they keep it over there. When they start importing it to our country, then we need to put a stop to it.....here. The more we get involved with their business, the less we pay attention to our own country. Maybe that is what people want us to do.....personally, I don’t care what they do in Saudi Arabia.


4 posted on 02/14/2008 9:19:39 AM PST by RC2
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To: Stoat

I think my husband’s sister, did that to her husband.


5 posted on 02/14/2008 9:21:03 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: RC2

I do. I feel very, very sorry for this woman.


6 posted on 02/14/2008 9:21:28 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: RC2

You kill weeds at the root or else they grow back. They won’t stop at their borders but will work to export thier “faith” across the globe. It’s what they do, it’s who they are, and if we don’t drag them out of the 12th century they’ll drag us back into it.


7 posted on 02/14/2008 9:22:31 AM PST by hometoroost (...the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. Galileo)
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To: camle
Sure will!


8 posted on 02/14/2008 9:23:52 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Pork, just bring the hot sauce!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

9 posted on 02/14/2008 9:24:46 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: Stoat

Saudi Arabia, where the legal standards of the Dark Ages live on. Is there any reason the Saudi authorities should be regarded as anything but a pack of corrupt, ignorant, bloodthirsty savages? Didn’t think so.


10 posted on 02/14/2008 9:24:59 AM PST by Polonius (It's called logic, it'll help you.)
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To: Stoat

Next time any of you are tempted to make jokes about Catholic priests, remember this story.


11 posted on 02/14/2008 9:25:15 AM PST by NRA1995 (Bill Clinton: HILLARY!'s other big ass)
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To: WakeUpAndVote
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12 posted on 02/14/2008 9:26:28 AM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: camle


It's Witchcraft...

13 posted on 02/14/2008 9:27:28 AM PST by Diamond
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To: DigitalVideoDude

and what else do we burn besides witches? MORE WITCHES!!!!


14 posted on 02/14/2008 9:35:25 AM PST by joe fonebone (Screw McPain....J. Fred Muggs for POTUS)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Musim logic is about the same as Monty Python. Witches are made of wood. Wood floats. So does a duck. Therefore if she weighs the same as a duck, she’s a witch. And if she doesn’t confess, beat it out of her!


15 posted on 02/14/2008 9:39:26 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: RC2
Why is it that all of a sudden we have to be so concerned about it?

Because Islamic oil revenues and demographics are exporting this kind of nonsense into your neighbourhood.

News that depicts the true nature of the demented death cult that is Islam is (IMO) of the highest priority.

16 posted on 02/14/2008 9:40:07 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: RC2
When they start importing it to our country, then we need to put a stop to it..

They're here.....

17 posted on 02/14/2008 9:42:07 AM PST by x_plus_one (The entire Islamic moral universe devolves solely from the life and teachings of Muhammad.)
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To: x_plus_one
One man claimed she had made him impotent.

How many thousands of men has helen thomas made impotent just by her photograph?

18 posted on 02/14/2008 9:44:26 AM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: Polonius
Saudi Arabia, where the legal standards of the Dark Ages live on. Is there any reason the Saudi authorities should be regarded as anything but a pack of corrupt, ignorant, bloodthirsty savages? Didn’t think so.

It makes absolutely no difference to me how many lavish, grandiose tourist attractions they build there.  I will never, ever give them one dime of my vacation dollars and I'll do what little I can to help us work toward the day when our civilized nation no longer buys their oil.

These are indeed savages, and they deserve only our utter contempt.

19 posted on 02/14/2008 9:44:52 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
To hold "witchcraft" to be a crime, you must first believe in "witchraft".

And here I thought Saudi Arabia was firmly in the hands of Moslems and not just "the Hypocrites".

Guess they'll have to start killing each other over this to regain their "purity".

Bwahahahahahahaha!

20 posted on 02/14/2008 9:46:40 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: DigitalVideoDude

One man claimed she had made him impotent.....

Welcome to the turd worlds band of idiots.


21 posted on 02/14/2008 9:47:00 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: phil1750

I wonder if his charge came while he was punishing her with the standard “religous rape” for some infraction of Sharia.


22 posted on 02/14/2008 9:48:40 AM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: Stoat
The Saudis do not build tourist attractions. You only have two reasons for travel there ~ business, or the Haj (the annual visit to the Kaaba).

You are probably thinking of some of the other kingdoms in the Middle East.

23 posted on 02/14/2008 9:48:57 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Stoat

Democrats practice witchcraft every day ... and we elect them!

Listen to Obama. We are going to save the auto industry by STRENGTHENING THE UNIONS? Let’s see. Union wages passed on to consumers result in America not being competitive in the passenger car market. So, ADDING costs to American passenger cars will save the auto industry? Ah, we add TARIFFS to all imports (and any nonunion auto plants in the US) to “protect” the unions. But wait, consumers will now pay more for their cars AND quality will go down.

This is witchcraft!


24 posted on 02/14/2008 9:50:32 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: Stoat

Just ONE MORE piece of evidence that Islam is the religion of primitive savages and that the form of it practiced in Saudi Arabia (Wahhabism) is the WORST.

REMEMBER this when some idiot tells you Islam is just another religion and they know some “nice” Muslims.


25 posted on 02/14/2008 9:54:12 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Stoat
One man claimed she had made him impotent. In another case, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell.

How do we know they're not both the same case. The latter incident has been known to cause the former.

26 posted on 02/14/2008 9:55:27 AM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: Stoat
One man claimed she had made him impotent.

I'll bet she could have cured that by dressing up like a camel.
27 posted on 02/14/2008 9:56:29 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (www.conservativesgetbonedagain.com)
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To: muawiyah
You are probably thinking of some of the other kingdoms in the Middle East.

You're right, my mistake

<<<<standing in corner

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

28 posted on 02/14/2008 9:58:02 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Hillary
29 posted on 02/14/2008 9:59:16 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Slings and Arrows

/mark


30 posted on 02/14/2008 10:00:25 AM PST by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
One man claimed she had made him impotent.....

Then will Clinton soon be claiming his wife is a witch?

31 posted on 02/14/2008 10:05:27 AM PST by E. Cartman (Huckaboob will never be Vice President.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
One man claimed she had made him impotent.....

The family goat corroborated his claim.

32 posted on 02/14/2008 10:07:10 AM PST by E. Cartman (Huckaboob will never be Vice President.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Fantastic!


33 posted on 02/14/2008 10:10:21 AM PST by montyspython (Love that chicken from Popeye's)
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To: RC2

I see Islam as a sort of hydraulic empire. Man naturally needs a connection with God; he will always seek it. In the Islamic system, where they allow only one faith to be proselytized and openly celebrated, and through taxation and sharia law humiliate and impoverish non-muslims, the seekers will collect in Islam . . . there is only one spirituality allowed. Since it is a natural need the Islamic state essentially controls their subjects through faith.

Since Islam also requires jihad, we can never be safe so long as this is the system. I know of no Islamic region, state, or nation that has been reclaimed from Islam except through force of arms. So the danger grows now that the west has rejected actual conquest and annexation of territory and since religions other than Islam cannot evangelize in Islamic countries. It’s a more dangerous system than the old Soviet one, where they falsely claimed that socialism couldn’t be rolled back.

My point is that we SHOULD care about human rights in Islamic countries. The alternative to freedom of speech, association and religion is ultimately, war.


34 posted on 02/14/2008 10:15:46 AM PST by Greg F (I feel a thrill going up my leg when Laura Ingraham speaks. Am I as weird as Chris Matthews?)
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To: KoRn; SJackson; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..
One man claimed she had made him impotent.

Oh, that's easy to fix.


35 posted on 02/14/2008 12:53:18 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Those who surrender personal liberty for lower global temperatures will receive neither."--weegee)
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To: muawiyah
To hold "witchcraft" to be a crime, you must first believe in "witchraft".

That's why "witchcraft" is not a crime in Canada, but "pretending to exercise witchcraft" is. (BTW that's not a holdover from the past, it's the charge used in cases of fortune-telling fraud.)

36 posted on 02/14/2008 1:03:47 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Stoat
One man claimed she had made him impotent.

No doubt a high crime against humanity in this "religion".

37 posted on 02/14/2008 1:36:10 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The Arab/Islamic science was ahead of every other culture in the world until the Muslim religion became the majority in their culture.

No, it’s not just a coincidence.


38 posted on 02/14/2008 1:37:58 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

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39 posted on 02/14/2008 2:45:43 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: metmom
One man claimed she had made him impotent.

No doubt a high crime against humanity in this "religion".

Since ladies are regarded as being considerably less than human by these trash, I would imagine that the notion of an execution based upon absolutely nothing but a rapist's bruised ego and subsequent hysterical comments doesn't even rise to the point of a significant concern to them......as long as the one being executed is a woman, that is.

Please remind me....the reason why we haven't yet nuked Mecca is what, exactly?  I'm having trouble remembering.

40 posted on 02/14/2008 2:52:22 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: ArmstedFragg
One man claimed she had made him impotent. In another case, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell.

How do we know they're not both the same case. The latter incident has been known to cause the former.

The breathtaking illogic and absolute heart-crushing brutality of this whole matter is making my head spin, so I'd say that all bets are off and absolutely anything is possible.

41 posted on 02/14/2008 2:56:02 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Re: "One man claimed she had made him impotent."

Hey, I know... that wench!

42 posted on 02/14/2008 3:39:37 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Stoat

Got me on that one...


43 posted on 02/14/2008 4:15:59 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Stoat

If she were a real witch, she would kiss the judge, and turn him into a motel.


44 posted on 02/14/2008 4:22:34 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: Stoat

There are some tourists in Saudi Arabia, although Saudis are very lousy at tourism, to say the least. They bring Moroccans as guides since Moroccans are outgoing & have the experience with tourism that the Saudis lack. There are cool pre-Islaamic ruins to visit & parks, mountains, & beaches. Shopping is a national pastime.


45 posted on 02/14/2008 5:28:03 PM PST by forkinsocket
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To: Stoat

Thank you for posting the article.


46 posted on 02/14/2008 9:21:32 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Those who surrender personal liberty for lower global temperatures will receive neither."--weegee)
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