Quitting maid puts family under 'magic spell'

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A Saudi man is accusing his departing housemaid of putting his family under magic spell after his son fell ill, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The unnamed man was tidying up his house when he found talismans and other pieces of papers carrying strange writings concealed under a bed, Okaz said in a report from the central town of Afeef.

It said the man took the stuff to the local office of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most influential Islamic law enforcement authority in the Gulf Kingdom.

“They told him that these are part of sorcery work but they would handle them,” it said. “The man told them he suspects that his housemaid left them to put his family under magic spell.…he said his son had fallen ill and his family had been in crisis since the maid left to her country.”

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