x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Abu Dhabi Police crack down on sorcerers

Abu Dhabi Police yesterday said sorcerers' claims that their services do not violate Islamic teachings are false, vowing a crackdown on all forms of witchcraft.

Sorcerers claim they have spells to protect or heal people but any claims they make that their witchcraft does not offend Islamic teachings are false, say Abu Dhabi Police, who are cracking down on offenders. Illustration / Wam
Sorcerers claim they have spells to protect or heal people but any claims they make that their witchcraft does not offend Islamic teachings are false, say Abu Dhabi Police, who are cracking down on offenders. Illustration / Wam

ABU DHABI // The public has been warned not to be fooled by sorcerers who offer so-called Sharia-compliant protective and healing spells.

Abu Dhabi Police yesterday said sorcerers' claims that their services do not offend Islamic teachings were false, vowing a crackdown on all forms of witchcraft.

The figures were not alarming, with just four cases of witchcraft recorded since the start of this year, but police said they were concerned that an unknown number of peoplefell victim but did not report it.

"Ridding the community of the evils of sorcerers is high on our counter-crime agenda," said Maj Gen Mohammed bin Al Awadi Al Menhali, the director general of police operations.

Sorcerers would not be allowed to "make a profit out of harming people", he added.

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