Lawyer: TV Psychic Won't Be Beheaded for Witchcraft in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT — The lawyer of a Lebanese TV psychic condemned to death for witchcraft by a Saudi court says he will not be beheaded.

May al-Khansa has told The Associated Press that Lebanon's justice minister informed her that Ali Sibat will not be beheaded.

She said Wednesday that the minister Ibrahim Najjar had a meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Beirut, who assured him the execution would not take place.

The Saudi justice system, which is based on Islamic law, does not clearly define the charge of witchcraft.

Sibat is one of scores of people reportedly arrested every year in the kingdom on charges of practicing sorcery, witchcraft, black magic and fortunetelling, which is considered polytheism by the Saudi government.