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Saudi Arabia, December 12, 2011

Saudi woman executed on witchcraft charges

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Monsters and Critics

Riyadh - A Saudi Arabian woman was executed Monday in the northeastern region of al-Jawf after being found guilty of practicing 'sorcery and witchcraft,' the country's Interior Ministry said.

Amina Halim Bin Salim was arrested in April 2009 and then sentenced to death in a subsequent trial.

The woman had convinced her clients that she was able to treat any disease upon payment of around 3,000 Saudi Riyals (800 dollars) per session, according to a senior official from the religious police.

The official was reported as saying that investigations were launched following numerous complaints.

Her death raised the number of executions carried out in Saudi Arabia so far this year to 76 people.

Saudi Arabia uses a strict interpretation of Islamic law in its jurisprudence and also applies the death penalty to cases of armed robbery, drug trafficking, rape, murder, and renouncing one's religion.