SORCERY and witchcraft could be soon punished under Bahrain's criminal law.
The Shura Council yesterday approved the addition of a new article to the Penal Code that would criminalise such practices.
Parliament already passed the article last year, despite objections from several MPs that it was unnecessary and such acts should be considered forms of embezzlement and cheating.
However, councillors said the new addition would give judges all the tools to decide the necessary punishment.
They added acts could be defined as sorcery and witchcraft if they were paranormal to scientific and religious beliefs.
Those convicted of such offences would face unspecified jail terms and undetermined fines or both.