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SAUDI ARABIA: Factional politics may be at heart of legal dispute over psychic’s fate

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Are Saudi Arabia’s treacherous factional domestic politics behind the ongoing legal battle over its decision to execute a former Lebanese television psychic convicted of sorcery?

Ali Hossein Sabat, convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia, received a temporary stay of execution Thursday, just one day before his sentence was to be carried out. It was the latest development in Sabat’s two-year ordeal.

Saudi Arabia is among the strictest countries in such legal matters, and any practices that could be considered “magic” are punishable by death.

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