Saudis set to execute woman for ... witchcraft

I’m optimistic she’ll be pardoned like the gang-rape victim was now that western media has picked this up and focused a sunbeam of ridicule on these degenerates. If she is, this case actually becomes good news: What better way to raise western awareness of Saudi primitivism and misogyny than catching them trying to reprise the Salem trials? Plus, it’s a move towards honesty on the Saudis’ part. If you’re going to lash women for being in the presence of strange men without a chaperone, you might as well go whole hog on the absurdity and lay the arbitrariness bare.

What was her witchy power, you say? Causing impotence.

The illiterate woman was detained by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read.

Among her accusers was a man who alleged she made him impotent.

Human Rights Watch said that Ms Falih had exhausted all her chances of appealing against her death sentence and she could only now be saved if King Abdullah intervened…

Human Rights Watch says the trial failed to meet the safeguards in the Saudi justice system.

Go read Charles Johnson’s second blockquote and marvel at the contrast between the idiocy of the offense and the sophisticated procedural posture of the case. Convicted at the trial level, reversed on appeal due to a retracted confession, then convicted again (on, ahem, “discretionary” grounds). Sounds like a western legal system! Except for, you know, the witchcraft charge.