Saudi Arabia put an old woman to death on Monday for “practicing magic or sorcery,” but few details on what she actually did have been released. Saudi authorities say she defrauded people the way psychics do all over the place:
The Saudi Interior Ministry says in a statement the execution took place Monday, but gave no details on the woman’s crime.
The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, quoted Abdullah al-Mohsen, chief of the religious police who arrested the woman, as saying she had tricked people into thinking she could treat illnesses, charging them $800 per session.
That’s more than a bit harsh. We’ve got thousands and thousands of “psychics” and homeopaths and the like in this country. I’d like to see them pursued legally more often, but I certainly don’t think they should be put to death.