In the United Arab Emerates, there is a push for stronger laws against scams that are promulgated by “sorcerers”. Apparently just scamming is not enough. It becomes a religious issue too.
Lawyers and a member of the Federal National Council have said a 1983 law that considers sorcerers con artists was insufficient, and have called for the law to be amended to allow harsher punishment.
“Magic and sorcery has nothing to do with religion,” Salim Al Ameri (Abu Dhabi) said. “It only affects people badly.”
“They should be fined,” he said. “Because the person who goes in this direction, either his education is limited, or he has little knowledge and he goes to these people thinking that they can solve their problem. But if they do it a second time, then they should go to prison for seven days.”
But Mr Al Ameri said a person who turns to charlatans should be treated as a victim.
But then you have the undertone of religion. Hadeya Al Hammad, an Emirati lawyer said that yes, these people are committing scams under the law, but it was also a form of blasphemy so it warrant a stronger sentence. It should be harsher REGARDLESS of religion because people keep doing it.