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SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES MAN CONVICTED OF ‘SORCERY’

September 19, 2011: Sudanese national Abdul Hamid bin Hussain bin Moustafa al-Fakki was beheaded in Madina, Saudi Arabia, for "sorcery".
"Abdul Hamid's execution is appalling as is Saudi Arabia's continuing use of this most cruel and extreme penalty," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
"That he should have been executed without having committed anything that would appear to constitute a crime is yet another deeply upsetting example of why the Saudi Arabian government should immediately cease executions and take steps to abolish the death penalty."
The crime of "sorcery" is not defined in Saudi Arabian law but it has been used to punish people for the legitimate exercise of their human rights, including their right to freedom of expression.
Abdul Hamid bin Hussain bin Moustafa al-Fakki was arrested in 2005 after he was entrapped by a man working for the Mutawa'een (religious police) who asked him to produce a spell that would lead to the man's father leaving his second wife.
It was alleged that Abdul Hamid said he would do this in exchange for 6,000 Saudi Arabian riyals (approximately US$1,600).
Reportedly beaten after his arrest, Abdul Hamid is believed to have been coerced to confess to carrying out acts of sorcery.
He was sentenced to death by the General Court in Madina in March 2007. Few details are available about his trial but he is reported to have been tried behind closed doors and without legal representation.
Amnesty International campaigned on Abdul Hamid's behalf following his arrest and had urged Saudi Arabia's King 'Abdullah to prevent his execution. (Sources: Amnesty.org, 20/09/2011)

NORTH KOREA REDUCES CRIME LIST FOR DEATH PENALTY
MALAYSIA: INDIAN NATIONAL TO HANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SAUDI ARABIA: PARDON SAVES KILLER FROM GALLOWS
CALIFORNIA (USA): LESS VOTER SUPPORT FOR DEATH PENALTY
CHINA: MAN EXECUTED AFTER RARE RETRIAL
IRAN: TWO MEN EXECUTED IN ZABOL
BAHRAIN: DEATH SENTENCE FOR PROTESTER
IRAN: ONE PRISONER HANGED IN QOM
KENYA: HOUSEBOY TO HANG FOR VIOLENT ROBBERY
OHIO (USA): GOV. KASICH COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN: ACID THROWER TO BE BLINDED
MALAYSIA: TRIO TO HANG FOR DRUGS
KENYA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR ROBBERY
CHINA: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN: UN EXPERTS CONDEMN PUBLIC EXECUTION OF JUVENILE
SOURCES: PRESIDENT OBAMA TRIED TO SAVE TROY DAVIS FROM EXECUTION
IRAN: TWO HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, MURDER
CHINA: PRISONS ALLOW DEATH ROW INMATES TO MEET RELATIVES
SAUDI ARABIA: YEMENI EXECUTED FOR MURDER
ALABAMA (USA): DERRICK O'NEAL MASON EXECUTED
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CHINA: PAKISTANI MAN EXECUTED ON DRUGS CHARGES
IRAN: MINOR HANGED IN PUBLIC IN KARAJ
GEORGIA(USA) TROY DAVIS EXECUTED
SOMALIA: JUDGE KILLER EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD IN PUNTLAND
VIETNAM TO USE LETHAL INJECTIONS FROM NOVEMBER
GEORGIA (USA): PARDONS BOARD DENIES PLEA FOR CLEMENCY
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