Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has refused to ratify the death sentence of a Lebanese psychic convicted of practicing witchcraft in a case that has outraged international human rights groups.
A three-judge panel said in its ruling there was not enough evidence that Ali Sibat's actions harmed others. The judges ordered the case to be retried in a Medina court and recommended that the sentence be commuted and that Sibat be deported.
The charges in Sibat's case seem to centre on a call-in talk show he hosted on a Lebanese satellite TV station where he would tell fortunes and give advice.
His supporters point out that the show was aired from Lebanon, not Saudi Arabia.
Lebanese Psychic Avoids Death Sentence
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