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Those Fingers in My Hair

Those fingers in my hair
That sly come-hither stare
That strips my conscience bare
It’s witchcraft

And I’ve got no defense for it
The heat is too intense for it
What good would common sense for it do?
’cause it's witchcraft, wicked witchcraft

One woman in Saudi Arabia, Fawza Falih, is now on death row charged with witchcraft, based partly one one man’s accusation that her spell made him impotent. Egyptian Mustafa Ibrahim was executed in Riyadh on November 2, 2007 for what the Saudi Minister of the Interior described as “sorcery” and “witchcraft.” And decapitation awaits murderers.

There is no written penal code in Saudi Arabia. Capital punishment in Saudi Arabia is a public spectacle. Over the past 23 years, 1,750 convicts have been executed in Saudi Arabia, with reliable information scarce about the executed (830 against foreign nationals). There is no advance notice in Riyadh where beheadings happen any given day of the week at 9 a.m. The death penalty applies to many other crimes, such as drug use and trafficking, rape, adultery, armed robbery, and renouncing Islam. In trials involving the death penalty, the Saudi interpretation of the Koran discourages all forms of evidence other than confessions and eyewitness accounts. Decapitation awaits murderers. Questions of illegality depend on the on-the-spot interpretations of police and judges.

Nearly half of the executions are carried against foreign nationals who make up approximately 25% of the population. Amnesty International has called for a moratorium against the practice. .

There is nothing like a well run police state for personal safety.

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