13 Dec '11, 10am
Amnesty says Saudi beheading of woman for sorcery 'shocking'
DUBAI (REUTERS) - Rights group Amnesty International has described as 'deeply shocking' Saudi Arabia's beheading of a woman convicted on charges of 'sorcery and witchcraft', saying it underlined the urgent need to end executions in the kingdom. Saudi national Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was executed on Monday in the northern province of al-Jawf after being tried and convicted for practising sorcery, the interior ministry said, without giving details of the charges. 'The citizen... practised acts of witchcraft and sorcery,' Saudi newspaper al-Watan cited the interior ministry as saying.' The death sentence was carried out on the accused on Monday in the Qurayyat district in al-Jawf region'. Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, has no written criminal code, which is instead based on an uncodified form of Islamic syariah law as interpreted by the country's judges.