BEIRUT — A Lebanese TV psychic, who was condemned to death for witchcraft by a Saudi court while visiting the country, will not be beheaded, his lawyer said Wednesday.
May al-Khansa said the Saudi ambassador in Beirut informed the Lebanese justice minister that the execution of Ali Sibat would not take place.
“He confirmed to me that there will be no execution,” al-Khansa said. She refused to go into details but said “matters are going in the right direction.”
“We have faith in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system,” she said, noting that Sibat’s actions are not considered a crime in Lebanon.
Sibat is one of scores of people arrested every year in the kingdom on charges of practicing sorcery, witchcraft, black magic and fortunetelling, which are considered to be polytheism.