The wife of a Lebanese man facing a death sentence in Saudi Arabia for "sorcery" pleaded for mercy Thursday as Lebanon's justice minister asked the kingdom's rulers to halt his beheading.
Family members have been told that Ali Hussain Sibat, who used to offer predictions and advice to callers on a Lebanese television network, is scheduled to be put to death Friday. But Lebanon's government says it has no confirmation that his execution has been set, and his wife made an emotional plea for his release during a CNN interview Thursday.
"All I ask is for the Saudi king and the Saudi government to show him mercy - let him come back to his country and his family," Samira Rahmoon said.
Saudi authorities have not disclosed details of the charge for which Sibat has been condemned and have not responded to requests for comment on the case. Lebanese Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar said he has asked the Saudis to halt any scheduled execution, though he had no confirmation it had been set to take place.
- CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom contributed to this report.