It’s the devil… says Raqi charged with molesting women

Court sentences him to seven years in jail and 1,500 lashes

An Arab Raqi accused of using his career as a healer by reading Quran verses and burning incense to molest women in Saudi Arabia confessed to the crime but told the judge he was seduced by the devil, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The court in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah sentenced the Raqi to seven years in prison and ordered he be lashed 1,500 times in several batches, the Arabic language daily Sabq said.

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabia’s religious police, had arrested the man following reports by victims.

The court found the unnamed man guilty of molesting women and storing pictures of his female clients in his laptop.

“He confessed in court that he was touching the women’s bodies and molesting some of them. He said that he was seduced by the devil,” the paper said.

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