A passenger has gone on trial accused of carrying two bags containing witchcraft materials and trying to smuggle the illegal items into the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court heard that the 43-year-old Asian man – visiting the UAE – was stopped at the Abu Dhabi International Airport after customs officers noticed suspicious products in his baggage.
When the security officers checked the passenger’s bags manually, they found several materials used in witchcraft in them.
Officers seized the sorcery items and sent them to officials at the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments to establish what exactly the products were. The man was referred to the public prosecution for further investigations.
A report from the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments said the items found with the man were being used by sorcerers in their witchcraft and were against the Islamic teachings.
The Islamic scholars also recommended that the sorcery materials be destroyed to protect members of the community.
Prosecutors charged the Asian man with attempting to carry sorcery materials into the UAE to practice witchcraft, which is against UAE laws.