Last month, a Sudanese resident in Saudi Arabia was publicly beheaded for being a “witch doctor,” as shown in the shocking video.
Abdul Hamid bin Hussein bin Mustafa al-Faqi, who was kneeling and blindfolded, was executed in Medina Park in the west of the country, which was watched by dozens.
The shocking video shows the executioner spreading a sword on the back of Abdul Hamid’s neck before one swift blow bleeds him away.
Abdul Hamid bin Hussein bin Mustafa al-Faqi, who was killed on September 20, is believed to have been the 44th person executed in Saudi Arabia this year and the 11th foreign national.
This year, 17 people were executed in Saudi Arabia, which is more than for the whole of 2010.
Lebanese TV presenter Ali Hussein Sibat, who was sentenced to death for predicting the future of his show, was scheduled to be beheaded on Friday.
Ali Hussein Sibat’s lawyer May El Hans said the death penalty did not take place that day, but that did not mean he was given a reprieve.
The alarming rise in the number of executions in Saudi Arabia has led to criticism from a number of human rights charities.
It is said that the Saudis prefer to cut off the head with a sharp sword, as they believe it is more humane and faster than an electric shock and a fatal injection.
The crime of “witchcraft” is not defined by Saudi law, but it was used to punish people for legally exercising their human rights.
Sudanese Abdul Hamid is believed to have been arrested in 2005 after he was captured by a man who worked for Mutawa (religious police).
Abdul Hamid was asked to come up with a spell that would force the officer’s father to leave a second wife.
According to the officer, the Sudanese agreed to hold a curse in exchange for 6,000 Saudi riyals (approximately $ 1,500).
Abdul Hamid was beaten after his arrest and was considered forced to confess to witchcraft.
In a secret trial where Abdul Hamid was barred from representing a lawyer, in March 2007 the Medina General Court sentenced him to death.
Little details are available about Abdul Hamid’s trial, but it is reported that he was tried behind closed doors and without legal representation.
During Abdul Hamid’s arrest, the English daily Saudowska Gazeta published an article entitled “Magic Maids,” which stated that “we must confront the threats of some maids and their satanic games of witchcraft and sorcery, their robberies, murders, and the seizure of their husbands.” children and countless other stories of crimes that have been singled out by both experts and victims of these crimes ”.
Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, harshly criticized the killing.
“The execution of Abdul Hamid is appalling, as is the fact that Saudi Arabia continues to use this most severe and extreme punishment.
“That he should have been executed without committing anything that could constitute a crime, with’is another deeply saddening example of why the Saudi government must immediately stop the shootings and take steps to abolish the death penalty. “
Following his arrest, Amnesty International campaigned on behalf of Abdul Hamid and called on Saudi King Abdullah not to be punished.
But the campaign failed, and since the end of the holy month of Ramadan a few weeks ago, Saudi authorities have resumed the shooting at an alarming rate.
Amnesty International has reported that seven people have been executed since the September 5 killings resumed.
Currently, 140 prisoners are believed to be facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, which was one of the minority states that voted against the UN General Assembly resolution’the United Nations, which calls for a global moratorium on executions in December 2010.
Attention: the video has graphic content!