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Danustouch
November 2nd, 2001, 02:31 PM
This article was found on the BBC's website. Apparently, a murder invovling witchcraft ritual in Malaysia, recently went on trial. The perpetrators, were put to death. Because of this, there has been a public outcry for witchcraft to be outlawed:

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Low Graphics Friday, 2 November, 2001, 14:34 GMT
Malaysia hangs three for witchcraft murder


Relatives bury "witchdoctor" Mona Fandey

Three people have been hanged in Malaysia for the 1993 murder of a member of the state assembly in a black-magic ritual.
The trio had exhausted all avenues of appeal after being sentenced to death in 1995 for the murder of the politician, Mazlan Idris two years earlier.

During a sensational trial, the court heard how the witchdoctor couple and their assistant chopped Mr Mazlan's body into pieces and used his money on shopping sprees and plastic surgery.

Mr Mazlan, an US educated assemblyman in central Pahang state, had originally approached Malaysian witchdoctor, Mona Fandey for supernatural help to boost his political career.

Trickery

Fandey, 45, her husband Mohamed Affandi Abdul Rahman, 44, and helper Juraimi Hussin, 31, took part in a ritual in which the politician was persuaded to lie on the floor, close his eyes, and wait for money to "fall from the sky".

He was then beheaded with an axe, skinned, and his body cut into 18 pieces before being buried in a cement-covered hole.

The trial was told the motive was money - within hours the couple went shopping in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and Fandey paid for a facelift for herself.

Fancy outfits

During the trial, Fandey - real name Maznah Ismail - attracted publicity by regularly modelling glamourous outfits. She also claimed to have provided politician clients in the ruling Umno party with a variety of charms and talismans.

A prison official said the trio expressed no remorse at the pre-dawn execution.

The case has led to calls for witchcraft to be outlawed.

Swanspirit
November 2nd, 2001, 03:06 PM
It would seem that different cultures define witchcraft ummm differently .........
I see this more as a murder trial ...... there are cultural practices in AFRICA that include murder and / or hacking off body parts of the victim for ritual purposes......
Some of the hysterical responses to these practitioners has included killing of innocent suspects in response ..... one mother was killed ... burned in her home when a mob suspected her of giving her baby over to the muhti or "witches" when in fact the child was with a relative ......
the SANGOMA .. or Earth Doctors of Africa distinguish themselves from the Muhti and are well and highly thought of ...... and looked to as community leader....... so the populace DOES disintinguish between differing practices.......
Perhaps we need more information than one news article to sort out what is going in MAYLAYSIA ????
Love and light
Swannie
This is a work from a Maylaysian artist I have talked to on the net from time to time .... called birthstorm

bansidhe
November 3rd, 2001, 09:54 AM
one word...eeepp!!!