Dubai, 10 thousand 'black magic' items seized at aiport

18 February, 16:27

    Al Maktoum International Airport, in Jebel Ali, Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport, in Jebel Ali, Dubai

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Amulets, trinkets, strands of hair, animal skin, ritual knives, vials filled with blood and fish bones are among the 10 thousand "black magic and witchcraft items" intercepted by customs in Dubai, according to a notice released on the customs' official website specifying that 155 attempts to smuggle these and other "black magic" items had already been blocked.
    On the whole, one-hundred kilos of material coming from Asia, Africa and Europe were recovered.
    "The practice of witchcraft and the evil eye - explained the director of Dubai customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih - are considered a dangerous epidemic that threatens social cohesion manipulating people's minds and exploiting their needs". "Dubai customs are fully invested in their role of social responsibility and contrast any attempt to smuggle in the country prohibited items susceptible of threatening the peace and security of the local community" reassured the director. The official customs website also informs that its officers are "fully aware" of the dangers represented by black magic and they receive an ad hoc training which allows them to recognise the nature and shape of specific materials. Entry into the country of items employed in 'witchcraft, fraud and black magic' is forbidden by a decree of the Finance and Economy Commitee of the Gulf Cooperation Concil (GCC). Morevoer, as Ahmed Abdullah bin Lahej, Customs Officer for Passenger Operations stresses, the practice of witchcraft is "a crime that tarnishes the image of Islam" and it is punished by law both in reason of its inherently illegal nature and also in relation to its consequences.

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