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(Emirates 24/7) — Saudi Arabia has decided to bolster its religious police unit specialized in arresting magicians within an ongoing war on sorcery which is punishable by execution in the conservative Moslem Gulf Kingdom.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most feared and influential law enforcement authority in the world’s oil powerhouse, reported that it had created a “field unit” charged with fighting sorcerers, who it described as “key causers of religious and social instability in the country.”
The new unit is headed by sheikh Adel Al Muqbil, a prominent Moslem scholar in the Kingdom, and it includes several other well known scholars.
The Commission’s president, Sheikh Abdul Latif Al Shaikh, ordered the creation of that unit which the statement said is designed to “activate field action to fight sorcerers and charlatans in all parts of the Kingdom.”
“The unit has been given orders to immediately arrest sorcerers and charlatans and refer them to the specialized authorities to apply God’s punishment on them and end their harmful deeds against Moslems,” it said.
The new unit is the latest in a series of measures taken by Saudi Arabia to eliminate sorcery as part of a campaign spearheaded by the Commission, an autonomous state fundamentalist group backed by King Abdullah.
Newspapers said last year that King Abdullah has ordered the Commission to devise new ways to combat black magic after endorsing a SR-two-million plan.