Tanzanian and Seychellois Individuals Detained in Witchcraft-Related Case in Seychelles
A Tanzanian national along with five Seychellois individuals have been apprehended and held in custody in Seychelles, connected with a suspected case of witchcraft. This case has drawn considerable attention due to its association with the exhumation of two bodies from a cemetery in August and several instances of vandalism.
The suspects are facing charges of carrying out advice on witchcraft, trespassing on burial sites, insulting any class of religion, and intentionally hurting religious sentiments. The court has ordered the suspects to be retained in police custody for an additional ten days to allow for a more thorough investigation.
Items of Interest Found at the Airport
The Tanzanian national was arrested at Seychelles International Airport. The items found in his possession, believed to be related to witchcraft, have sparked widespread interest. These items included black wooden artifacts, stones, small bottles filled with a brownish liquid, various powders, and documents filled with unusual language and symbols which have been interpreted as demonic and satanic. The names of the five Seychellois suspects were revealed during the police interrogation of the Tanzanian national, implicating them in the case.
This issue is intrinsically connected with an investigation into a shocking event from August, where two exhumed bodies were discovered at the Takamaka cemetery on Mahe’s main island. The bodies, identified as an elderly woman and a young man, were found adjacent to a pyramid constructed of blocks and pieces from other graves. Disturbingly, pictures of several individuals, including President Wavel Ramkalawan and the leader of the United Seychelles party, Dr. Patrick Herminie, were also discovered at the site.
The Case Continues
According to the police, this is the first instance of such an event occurring in Seychelles. The prosecution in the case has indicated that the symbols on the Tanzanian’s documents bear a striking similarity to those found at vandalized locations in Seychelles, including several Catholic churches across the island.
As the case continues to unfold, the suspects will remain in custody pending further investigation. This case has not only shocked the local community but has also drawn international attention due to the severity of the charges and the unusual nature of the crimes. As the investigation delves deeper into this unprecedented situation, it is expected that more revelations will come to light, potentially providing further insight into the extent of the alleged witchcraft practices in Seychelles.
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