Saudi Arabia has executed people on suspicion of witchcraft in the years since the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar 12 years ago.
Between 2011 and 2014 four people are understood to have been killed by the rule of law for alleged involvement in sorcery.
The four killings have been barbarically carried out using ancient methods and often in highly public areas.
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The first of these brutal witchcraft executions took place in September 2011 and saw a Sudanese man named Muri' al-'Asiri taken to the infamous central Deera square in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The well-trodden killing space has earned the harrowing nickname “chop-chop square” because of the huge number of executions carried out there.
In December of that year, a woman was killed after what the county’s interior ministry described as performing "witchcraft and sorcery".
Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was beheaded in the Jwarf province – no further details of the charges she faced were given.
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Then, in June of the following year, Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri was beheaded after he was found to be in possession of books and talismans.
A Saudi state news agency, SPA, said he had also admitted to adultery.
The agency later said he was executed in the Najran province in the south of the country.
On August 5, 2014, the fourth person, Mohammed bin Bakr al-Alawi, was executed for witchcraft.
He was killed after allegedly taking part in black magic sorcery.
In a past interview, Muhammad Saad al-Beshi, one of Saudi Arabia’s leading executioners said: "I use a special sharp knife, not a sword.
"When I cut off a hand I cut it from the joint.
"If it is a leg the authorities specify where it is to be taken off, so I follow that”.
He added: "When they [death row prisoners] get to the execution square, their strength drains away. Then I read the execution order, and at a signal, I cut the prisoner's head off”.
Other sentences like eye gouging, tooth pulling and paralysing have all also been used as punishments for people who break Saudi Arabia's laws.
The nation has been accused of executing 12 people since eyes have been focused on the World Cup, which saw their team win a shock 2-1 victory over favourites Argentina in their opening group game.
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