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    Saudi - TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery'

    TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery'

    By Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN

    (CNN) -- Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the execution of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery."

    In a statement released Thursday, the international rights group condemned the verdict and demanded the immediate release of Ali Hussain Sibat, former host of a popular call-in show that aired on Sheherazade, a Beirut based satellite TV channel.

    According to his lawyer, Sibat, who is 48 and has five children, would predict the future on his show and give out advice to his audience.

    The attorney, May El Khansa, who is in Lebanon, tells CNN her client was arrested by Saudi Arabia's religious police (known as the Mutawa'een) and charged with sorcery while visiting the country in May 2008. Sibat was in Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic religious pilgrimage known as Umra.

    Sibat was then put on trial. In November 2009, a court in the Saudi city of Medina found Sibat guilty and sentenced him to death.

    According to El Khansa, Sibat appealed the verdict. The case was taken up by the Court of Appeal in the Saudi city of Mecca on the grounds that the initial verdict was "premature."

    El Khansa tells CNN that the Mecca appeals court then sent the case back to the original court for reconsideration, stipulating that all charges made against Sibat needed to be verified and that he should be given a chance to repent.

    On March 10, judges in Medina upheld their initial verdict, meaning Sibat is once again sentenced to be executed.

    "The Medina court refused the sentence of the appeals court," said El Khansa, adding her client will appeal the verdict once more.

    The case has been covered extensively by local media. According to Arab News, an English language Saudi daily newspaper, after the most recent verdict was issued, the judges in Medina issued a statement expressing that Sibat deserved to be executed for having continually practiced black magic on his show, adding that this sentence would deter others from practicing sorcery. Arab News reports that the case will now return to the appeals court in Mecca.

    CNN has not been able to reach Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Justice for comment.



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    Practised black magic on his show,
    wow that's like being unusually rich. Must be guilty

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    Couldn't the TV host just put a black magic spell on the judges to end this nonsense?

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    Odd how he didn't see this coming...

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    Saudi Arabia is one of the most regressive, repressive states in the ME. Well known for ongoing human rights violations. Run by a bunch of loony radical Muslim dictators and fully supported by good lo USA.

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    Oh isn't it wonderful to see how far Islam has advanced since the 12th century?
    Can't wait to see the Inquisition come back.
    Bonfire in every town square etc and a nice little earner for the executioners to help your friend by strangling before the flames take hold.
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    haha the idote goes there for pelgrimage....i don't feel sorry for the guy but screw the saudies. The bastards are just like animals, talking about their shitty religion but playing along with us too

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    It is not islam ( i am iranian, nonreligious) but many muslims in power.
    I will metion that muslim clergy in the 19th century claimed that the britts were the real muslims without knowing it, because of their scientific progress. ahh it is complicated, nevertheless the situation sucks now yes.....

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    But remember; it's just a small minority of Muslims who sentence people to death for doing nothing wrong. The vast majority are almost human!

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    TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery'

    WOW! sorcery???? this is insanity!

    ".....issued a statement expressing that Sibat deserved to be executed for having continually practiced black magic on his show..."

    this is straight out of the middle ages!

    TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery' - CNN.com

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    Yeah its great america backs Saudi Yet anybody with a brain knows it was saudi that tottaled the towers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiguy
    Oh isn't it wonderful to see how far Islam has advanced since the 12th century? Can't wait to see the Inquisition come back. Bonfire in every town square etc and a nice little earner for the executioners to help your friend by strangling before the flames take hold.
    What on earth does an institution of the Catholic Church have to do with anything?

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    Basically he's being done for witchcraft.

    Thought the world had descided that didn't exist.
    No, not the raggies, they're still full of shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiguy
    Oh isn't it wonderful to see how far Islam has advanced since the 12th century? Can't wait to see the Inquisition come back. Bonfire in every town square etc and a nice little earner for the executioners to help your friend by strangling before the flames take hold.
    What on earth does an institution of the Catholic Church have to do with anything?
    I think the lads of the Inquisition were keen to show Muslims as well as Jews and anyone else who didn't see things 'correctly', the error of their ways. Witchcraft was a big no no. Hmm, quite a few interesting parallels here between the Saudi courts and the Inquisition then but that's another discussion...

    Spanish Inquisition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    So basically you cant travel to Saudi (not that I want to) if you have done something that is perfectly legal in your own country, but they don't like in Saudi, a lot of Journalists and TV presenters should think twice about ever going there, what nutters those backwards camel jockeys are.

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    Our good friends, the Saudis. Such lovely traditions.

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    will he be stoned, shot or have his head cut off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiguy
    Oh isn't it wonderful to see how far Islam has advanced since the 12th century? Can't wait to see the Inquisition come back. Bonfire in every town square etc and a nice little earner for the executioners to help your friend by strangling before the flames take hold.
    What on earth does an institution of the Catholic Church have to do with anything?
    Oh Dear God your back - do try and think it through before you make an ass of yourself again - I hate having to explain things over and over again to the mentally challenged -
    that should be enough to set you off on another rampage of futile fuming..

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    Quote Originally Posted by graym View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiguy
    Oh isn't it wonderful to see how far Islam has advanced since the 12th century? Can't wait to see the Inquisition come back. Bonfire in every town square etc and a nice little earner for the executioners to help your friend by strangling before the flames take hold.
    What on earth does an institution of the Catholic Church have to do with anything?
    I think the lads of the Inquisition were keen to show Muslims as well as Jews and anyone else who didn't see things 'correctly', the error of their ways. Witchcraft was a big no no. Hmm, quite a few interesting parallels here between the Saudi courts and the Inquisition then but that's another discussion...

    Spanish Inquisition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Quite so , my point is that the Catholic church ( aka the Inquisition ) have moved on in the knowledge that no reasonably thinking modern society would accept such an horrendous interpretation of their faith - regretfully Islam is still stuck in the time warp of the Inquisition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larvidchr View Post
    So basically you cant travel to Saudi (not that I want to) if you have done something that is perfectly legal in your own country, but they don't like in Saudi, a lot of Journalists and TV presenters should think twice about ever going there, what nutters those backwards camel jockeys are.
    Yup, stranger than fiction. Remember the brouhaha in 2001 regarding the bombing for which they blamed on a turf war being carried out by the foreign 'alcohol mafia'? Needless to say, 'confessions' were extracted from 'guilty' Brit expats.

    The list goes on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiguy
    Quite so , my point is that the Catholic church ( aka the Inquisition ) have moved on in the knowledge that no reasonably thinking modern society would accept such an horrendous interpretation of their faith - regretfully Islam is still stuck in the time warp of the Inquisition.
    Yes, the Catholic Church has certainly moved on (to young boys perhaps?) but is no less sinister...

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    But remember; it's just a small minority of Muslims who sentence people to death for doing nothing wrong. The vast majority are almost human!
    This may be so - but if correct and the majority abhor the actions of the fundamentalists why haven't they taken steps to correct the situation ?
    The truth is they are to afraid to act . As a result the extremists are in control therefore all moslems become potential enemies of any non believer, ie infidel.
    Islam is ruled by fear , fear of loss of the afterlife vision of paradise and fear of the reaction of the fundamentalists if they do not do as instructed by their fanatical Imans in the real knowledge that to defy is to invite death for themselves or a close family member without any chance of justice because any witnesses are too afraid to speak out for fear of similar retaliation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graym View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaiguy
    Quite so , my point is that the Catholic church ( aka the Inquisition ) have moved on in the knowledge that no reasonably thinking modern society would accept such an horrendous interpretation of their faith - regretfully Islam is still stuck in the time warp of the Inquisition.
    Yes, the Catholic Church has certainly moved on (to young boys perhaps?) but is no less sinister...
    In many ways I agree with you - the Catholic Church as do all churches of all religions have much to answer for , history is filled with records of the "righteous scourge" of some God botherer or another - all to the detriment of peaceful people or fanatics vouchsafing an opposite view of a divine future .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyR1 View Post
    WOW! sorcery???? this is insanity!

    ".....issued a statement expressing that Sibat deserved to be executed for having continually practiced black magic on his show..."

    this is straight out of the middle ages!

    TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery' - CNN.com
    It makes sense if you believe in a religion that has been founded for about 1500 year ago and is impossible to question!

    Not so far away from other religions that are founded about 2000 years ago!

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