The victims were tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent for their sins”, a prosecutor said.
A pregnant woman and five of her children are among seven people who have been killed in a suspected exorcism in Panama. The victims, who were from an indigenous community, were rounded up by 10 lay preachers before being tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent for their sins”. Police managed to free 14 others, also from the Ngabe Bugle indigenous group, who had been tied up and beaten with wooden clubs and Bibles.
Officers were alerted to what was happening by three villagers who managed to escape and travel to a hospital for treatment.They discovered an improvised church which belonged to a little-known religious sect called The New Light Of God – and a local official said the police were shocked by what they saw. Prosecutor Rafael Baloyes said: “They were performing a ritual inside the structure. In that ritual, there were people being held against their will, being mistreated. “All of these rites were aimed at killing them if they did not repent their sins.” (Skynews)