Do you believe in magic? Saudi Arabia sure does
A total of 191 legal cases were filed against charlatans and black magicians in the Kingdom from November 2013 to the end of May, a recent Ministry of Justice report showed.
Of that number, Jeddah courts recorded the most cases at 44, while Riyadh had 30.
Islam forbids practicing acts aimed to harm community, and witchcraft or black magic is one of them.
Justice Minister Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Isa had previously explained that in cases involving witchcraft, the courts issue verdicts after ensuring the right for compensation for those who have been harmed according to the set criminal and civil responsibility rules.
The latest high-profile case of sorcery in the Kingdom involved an Indonesian housemaid, Ati Bt Abeh Inan, 40, who was sentenced to death by the Al-Ahsa General Court in 2003 after she confessed to the charge that she cast a magic spell on her employer and his family.
The maid was freed last February and sent home to her country after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah pardoned her.
The same Justice Ministry report also released statistics on other types of litigation during the November to May period, which is the first seven months of year 1435 in the Islamic calendar.