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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 05/02/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) They were arrested after a victim reported that the accused had agreed to solve her family problems by reciting verses of the Holy Quran.

The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of three Arab nationals for allegedly defrauding and illegally taking money from people by using witchcraft, sorcery and faith healing activities to solve their problems

Investigations conducted by the public prosecution led to the arrest of two suspects from a hotel in Abu Dhabi. The police also found incense sticks, amulets and other sorcery-related objects in their possession

The pair was arrested after a victim, a woman, reported to the police that the accused had agreed to solve her family problems by reciting verses of the Holy Quran, known as ruqiyya(faith healing), for a payment of Dh15,000 to them. The role of the third accused was to act as mediator between the two parties. He would bring the victims to his two accomplices in exchange for a payment of Dh500

In their statements to the public prosecution, the first and second accused said they frequented the country (UAE) every now and then on visit visa, and would buy phones here with the intention of selling them in their home country

They confessed to have conned and defrauded many women who were facing family problems. The duo claimed they possessed supernatural powers for solving problems by using witchcraft and ruqiyya, against a payment ranging from Dh4,000 to Dh7,000

The two suspects also said that all the tactics they performed on their customers were fraudulent and caused neither harm nor brought goodness. An official source at the office of the Attorney General of Abu Dhabi urged the public not to resort to magic, witchcraft and sorcery to solve their problems

The source also asked the public to report those who practice such illegal activities, which are a punishable within the purview of the law, and not to deal with those who claim they have supernatural powers


Khaleej Times

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