Saudi woman sentenced to death by beheading for allegedly practicing witchcraft

Denied access to her lawyer, Fawza Falih only ‘confessed’ after 35 days of repeated beatings, beatings so severe she had to receive medical treatment. Prevented from a defense at the ‘kangaroo court’ trial, she was sentenced on the basis of one man’s testimony of allegedly causing him impotence.

Fawza had to sign the confession by thumbprint due to her being illiterate. Although she has since recanted her confession, and no further evidence has come forth, the Court of Appeals denied all appeals and upheld the decision to execute her anyway, in the name of “public interest.”