An African magician claiming to be in control of an army of Jinn (spirits) ended up in prison away from his presumed kingdom after extorting nearly SR500,000 (Dh500,000) from a Saudi woman, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The 59-year-old man, who had persuaded the woman that she was under a magic spell, could have got away with it had he been satisfied with the SR500,000 after the woman was convinced she was nearly cured.
But he was not contented and decided to extort more from the woman, encouraged by her fear of Jinn, Alwatan Arabic language daily said.
He then phoned her and asked her to send SR100,000, claiming that the “King of Jinn” wants the sum to convert it into $100 million to compensate her loss, it said.
“She did not send that sum, prompting him to call her and threaten that she and her family could be harmed by the King of Jinn if she refuses to send the money,” the paper said in a report from the Western Saudi town of Makkah.
“She then pretended to agree and asked him to come to her house to take the money…she then phoned the police, who were waiting for him at her house.”