Crime and Courts

Maid in Ras Al Khaimah acquitted of sorcery charges

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on August 17, 2018 | Last updated on August 17, 2018 at 11.11 pm
Maid in Ras Al Khaimah acquitted of sorcery charges


The maid allegedly practised sorcery to have control over her employer and her family.

The misdemeanour court in Ras Al Khaimah has ordered the release of an African housemaid accused of practising sorcery and witchcraft against her employer.
As per court records, the case unfolded in July when a woman lodged a complaint with the RAK Police against her domestic helper.

In her complaint, she said that her maid was practising sorcery to have control over her and her family.

"She (housemaid) used to pray in the opposite direction of Qibla (Makkah) in breach of the teachings and rulings of Islam," the complainant said.

She claimed that the defendant allegedly used to mix the food she cooked for the family with contaminated blood.

The RAK Police summoned the domestic helper, who was later referred to the public prosecution.

The housemaid denied all the charges during the court hearing, adding that the employer (complainant) did not pay her due salaries for months.

"She has lodged this complaint against me to get rid of me and pay none of my outstanding salaries."

The court on Thursday refuted the baseless allegations of the employer, and ordered exoneration of the housemaid.

Ahmed Shaaban

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