Saudi Aarabia seperti Eropa abad pertengahan - menjadi inquisitor dan
percaya tahayul! Kalau David Cooperfield kesana bisa dianggap tukang
sihir juga oleh polisi agama itu....di zaman teknologi canggih kok
mereka masih tidur juga. Sudah sepantasnya orang ini ditolong melalui
petisi internasional, karena kalau pembunuh, penjarah atau penjahat
kaliber memang pantas dihukum...tapi ini? primitif sekali sistem
By Sebastian Usher
BBC News, London
The lawyer for a Lebanese man sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for
witchcraft has appealed for international help to save him.
Ali Sabat was the host of a popular Lebanese TV show in which he
predicted the future and gave advice.
He was arrested by religious police on sorcery charges while on a
pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2008.
His lawyer, May el-Khansa, says she has been told Mr Sabat is due to
be executed this week.
Ms Khansa has contacted the Lebanese president and prime minister to
appeal on his behalf.
There has been no official confirmation from Saudi Arabia, but
executions there are often carried out with little warning.
Mr Sabat did make a confession, but Ms Khansa says he only did so
because he had been told he could go back to Lebanon if he did.
Human rights groups have accused the Saudis of "sanctioning a literal
witch hunt by the religious police".
An Egyptian working as a pharmacist in Saudi Arabia was executed in
2007 after having been found guilty of using sorcery to try to
separate a married couple.
There is no legal definition of witchcraft in Saudi Arabia, but
horoscopes and fortune telling are condemned as un-Islamic.
Nevertheless, there is still a big thirst for such services in the
country where widespread superstition survives under the surface of
strict religious orthodoxy.