Words cannot describe how barbaric this is.Woman convicted of 'sorcery' is beheaded in Saudi Arabia
A woman convicted of practising magic and sorcery has been executed by Saudi authorities.
The Saudi Interior Ministry says in a statement that the woman was beheaded today, but gave no details of her crime.
The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, quoted Abdullah al-Mohsen, chief of the religious police who arrested the woman, as saying she had tricked people into thinking she could treat illnesses, charging them $800 (£500) per session.
The newspaper said a female investigator followed the case up, and the woman was arrested in April 2009 and later convicted in a Saudi court.
It did not give the woman's name, but said she was in her 60s.
The execution brings the total to 76 this year in Saudi Arabia.
At least three have been women, and 11 were foreign nationals.
In September, a Sudanese man, Abdul Hamid bin Hussain bin Moustafa al-Fakki, was also put to death in Saudi Arabia for sorcery.
Amnesty International has called for the kingdom's government to establish an immediate moratorium on executions.
The crime of 'sorcery' is not defined in Saudi Arabian law but it has been used to punish people for the legitimate exercise of their human rights, including their right to freedom of expression, the charity said.