On the matter of medieval laws active in the more backwards part of the world, over here in Qatar we hear about them all the time:
Locally, three psychic swindlers were accused of scorcery - a sereous crime in Qatar - but plead to the lesser crime of pretending to be scorcerers. So the GOOD news is that in this region they do something about psychics...unfortunately it is for the wrong reasons. There is a kiosk in one of the malls that sells Power Balance bracelets. I am tempted to challenge them on how they work and when they cannot explain, I tell them that if they don't admit publicly that it is a scam, I will report them to the Religious Police for practicing magic. Unfortunately, my wife won't let me do this.
Recently, in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi family was in a market when their daughter went into a tantrum. Rather than face the shame of their daughter being disrspectful to them in public, they accused a Sri-Lankan woman that happened to be nearby of being a witch that cast a spell on her. The woman, whom the family had never seen before, is scheduled for execution (if they haven't done it already).
Saudi Arabia has several warrants out for people who have merely questioned the existence of god while either on Saudi soil or as Saudi citizens...and have managed to get out of the country before capture. For example, one Saudi said merely, "How can there be a god with so much suffering?" in a Facebook comment. Last I heard on this, he was in self-exile in Indonesia but unfortunately for him the Indonesians have similar laws and therefore he is at risk of being extradited back to Saudi for possible execution.
I'd give more examples but I don't want to take up a whole page.
So, where am I being assigned next? You got it - due south to Saudi Arabia. After 6 years in Qatar I am scheduled to go home to Canada while my visa is processed then be on-site on or about July 15...and I have already gotten a taste of all this: The visa application requires that you state belonging to any one of 5 major religions, and "athiest/agnostic" is not an option. If you don't pick one, visa is denied. I blogged about this, complete with scans of the forms and my decision to become a Christian for loads of cash under the title "Declaration of Bornagainptcy"
My collegues are already starting a pool on when they should expect to read about me being taken out to the soccer field for "Friday festivities".