Minister Arrested for Witchcraft


Minister Arrested for Witchcraft

INDIA - The Maldives' state secretary for environment, climate change, and energy has been jailed, reportedly on suspicion of casting spells against the country's president.

The Maldives, an archipelago located southwest of India, is renowned for its sandy beaches and luxury resorts, attracting tourists worldwide. Most of the local residents are Muslim.

Fathimath Shamnaz Ali Saleem was arrested on Sunday, along with two suspected accomplices, police in the capital, Male, announced on Thursday. A magistrate has ordered her to remain in jail for a week, pending investigation.

Police have not disclosed the specific charges against Shamnaz and have declined to confirm or deny media reports suggesting the involvement of “black magic” aimed at President Mohamed Muizzu.

While sorcery is not a criminal offense under Maldivian law, individuals found guilty of it can be imprisoned for six months under Islamic law (Sharia). According to the South China Morning Post, many locals still engage in “traditional ceremonies” to bless friends and curse opponents.

In a related incident last year, a 62-year-old woman was stabbed to death by three neighbors on the island of Manadhoo after being accused of practicing “black magic.” The case, reported by the portal Mihaaru last week, revealed no evidence of sorcery after a lengthy police investigation.

During the 2011-12 political crisis, police disrupted a rally by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Nasheed, accusing the organizers of throwing a “cursed rooster” at officers who had raided their offices.

President Muizzu, who won the 2023 election against the incumbent Ibrahim Solih, has faced accusations of favoring China, leading to deteriorated relations with India.

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