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SAUDI ARABIA. HALT WOMAN'S EXECUTION FOR 'WITCHCRAFT'

February 14, 2008: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia should halt the execution of Fawza Falih and void her conviction for "witchcraft," Human Rights Watch said.
The religious police who arrested and interrogated Fawza Falih and the judges who tried her in the northern town of Quraiyat never gave her the opportunity to prove her innocence against absurd charges that have no basis in law.
The judges 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. She retracted her confession in court, claiming it was extracted under duress, and 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 of the religious police. At one point, she had to be hospitalized as a result of the beatings. The judges did not sit as a panel of three, as required for cases involving the death penalty.
They excluded Fawza Falih from most trial sessions and banned a relative who was acting as her legal representative from attending any session.
Earlier, her interrogators blocked her access to a lawyer and the judges, and denied her the right to professional legal representation, thus depriving her of the opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses against her. She claims that some of the witnesses were unknown to her and that others had made statements against her only as a result of beatings. (Sources: Reuters, 14/02/2008)

LIBYA. TWO GHANAIANS EXCUTED FOR MURDER
YEMEN. TWO MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER FALSE PLOT
NIGERIA. SIX SHARIAH CONVICTS AWAIT STONING DEATH IN BAUCHI
JAPAN. SUPREME COURT SEALS 5TH DEATH PENALTY FOR AUM MEMBER
CYPRUS. OHIO DOCTOR APPEALS EXTRADITION OVER WIFE'S POISONING DEATH
PAKISTAN. DEATH SENTENCE TO TWO CONVICTS
SAUDI ARABIA. CITIZEN BEHEADED FOR MURDER
IRAN QUASHES EXECUTION VERDICT FOR FOOTBALL CASE WOMAN
IRAN. RADICALS MOBILISED TO SAVE TWO GAY YOUTHS
GUATEMALA LIFTS MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
IRAN. LIFE OF A TEENAGE HANGS IN BALANCE
USA. EXECUTION SOUGHT FOR SIX DETAINEES IN 9/11 ATTACKS
NORTH KOREA GIVES DEATH SENTENCE FOR AIDING ESCAPEES
BANGLADESH. MAN AWARDED DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLING WIFE FOR DOWRY
IRAN. YOUNG BELUCHI JOURNALIST CONDEMNED TO DEATH
JAPAN. MPS MOOT HALT TO EXECUTIONS
UGANDA. SOLDIER SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER MURDER
NEBRASKA (USA). STATE COURT SAYS ELECTRIC CHAIR UNCONSTITUTIONAL
IRAN HANGS MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD MURDERS
SAUDI ARABIA. 8 BANGLADESHIS ON DEATH ROW
AFGHANISTAN. JOURNALIST MAY ESCAPE DEATH PENALTY
COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONDEMNS BELARUS OVER EXECUTIONS
INDIA. MUMBAI'S FIRST DEATH PENALTY IN A DRUG CASE
SAUDI ARABIA BEHEADS CITIZEN CONVICTED OF MURDER
IRAN. DRAFT LAW PROPOSES DEATH PENALTY FOR RELIGIOUS CONVERSION
IRAN. MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR BEING DRUNK
BELARUS. THREE MEMBERS OF MAROZAW GANG EXECUTED BY SHOOTING
SAUDI ARABIA. THREE FOREIGNERS BEHEADED
IRAN. TWO SISTERS FACE STONING FOR ADULTERY
IRAN. NINE MINORS WAITING TO BE HANGED

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