Rise in Sorcery in the Saudi Kingdom

Arab News article: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=102889&d=27&m=10&y=2007

TAIF [Saudi Arabia], 27 October 2007 — The Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Taif has arrested 25 charlatans of both sexes following the establishment a year ago of a special anti-sorcery department in the agency’s local branch.

Fahd al-Thubaiti is the head of the special anti-sorcery department in the Taif branch of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (the Mutawwa’in).

Al-Thubaiti said that the center arrests both people that dabble in magic and also fraudsters who claim they have special skills.

That’s good. While you’re arresting people who really perform magic, it’s good to also nab those fraudsters who only pretend to have magical powers.

According to Al-Thubaiti, the number of witch doctors in the Kingdom has increased thanks to television programs that promote magic. “For some reason, women are more attracted to black magic and tend to be easy prey for charlatans.

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