A Saudi man posing as a spell-caster to lure women into his clutches is accused of raping more than 100 of them. Saudi media reported that he has received the death sentence for his crimes.
According to The Telegraph, the "Qatif sorcerer" was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, but after more victims came forth the sentence was changed to execution.
AdvertisementThe Al-Riyadh newspaper reported that the unidentified man had terrified women around the eastern city of Qatif for several years.
He first drew them in by saying he could cast love spells, but then surreptitiously filmed their meeting and used his work for extortion and to rape them.
According to Arab News, the authorities found hidden cameras and some 200 videotapes and 180 computer disks with footage of his victims in his home.
He may have tricked as many as 350 women, according to Al-Riyadh.
He was ultimately caught when a man related to a woman he had unsuccessfully targeted reported the case to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and prevention of Vice - the Saudi religious police.