JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Thu, Apr 19) - A Sri Lankan woman was detained yesterday (Wednesday, April 18) by security forces on suspicion of casting a spell on a Saudi girl, 13, during family's shopping trip.
|Sri Lankan woman faces beheading in Saudi Arabia for alleged witchcraft|
According to details based on local newspaper Okaz report; the father of the girl reported to security staff of the shopping mall, in port city of Jeddah, after he noticed that his daughter had "suddenly started acting in an abnormal way, and that happened after she came close to the Sri Lankan woman.
The security staff reacted swiftly to arrest the Sri Lankan woman.
A police spokesperson, Mesfir al-Juayed, said after the detention of the suspicious woman on Wednesday, that she may face death penalty by beheading if she convicted of ‘witchcraft’.
"The punishment is always beheading for anyone found guilty of witchcraft," a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, Waleed Abu al-Khair, told Reuters by phone.
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