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Bahrain plans to make sorcery a criminal offence

Officials approve an addition to the law making witchcraft illegal.

Bahrain plans to make sorcery a criminal offence
BLACK MAGIC: Australian witch Caroline Tully practices witchcraft at her home. Bahrain officials plan to make it a criminal offence. (Getty Images)

The practice of sorcery and witchcraft could be soon become a criminal offence in Bahrain, it was reported on Tuesday.

Shura Council officials approved the addition of a new article to the law outlawing sorcery and witchcraft, the Gulf Daily News reports.

This would allow judges to give additional weight to such cases brought to prosecution, councillors have claimed.

People found guilty of sorcery and witchcraft would face unspecified jail terms and undetermined fines or both, the paper reports.

However, some MPs have objected to the new law saying cases should be considered under the charges of embezzlement and cheating.

Sorcery is considered a crime in Saudi Arabia, where earlier this month Ali Hussein Subat, who is also called Shahrzad, 46, lost his appeal over an earlier death sentence after he was accused of practicing black magic.

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Greer 10 years ago

Good idea - they could also make UFO's, the Loch Ness Monster, Ghosts and Goblins, and People Being Nasty, to the list of heinous crimes! ...oh...and the Tooth Fairy as well...! ...hang on...what year is it... ? How old are these people...five?

SmarterThanYall 10 years ago

...to illustrate why "God's Law" should be used to govern ourselves and NOT to govern the actions of others. We are perfectly capable of agreeing upon secular laws for that purpose, but history has shown that we are utterly incapable of agreeing on just which version of "God's Law" shall prevail. Enough.