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  • 9 February 2011, 9:40

Romanian witches to be licensed

Romanian witch Mihaela Minca, right, with daughter and apprentice Casanndra /PA

Witches could soon be required to get a permit to practise under proposed legislation in Romania.

The new law would make it possible to fine or even imprison a witch whose predictions turn out to be false.

The new draft bill has just started its way through the Romanian parliament, where witchcraft has been part of its culture for centuries.

Romania changed its labour laws on January 1 to officially recognise witchcraft as a profession, angering some witches.

Vasile Bleotu, from the Social Democrats said that the Senate passed the draft legislation last week but it still must be approved by a financial and labour committee and Romania's Chamber of Deputies.

The bill would also require witches to provide their customers with receipts and bar them from practicing near schools and churches.