Panama: Heretics sentenced to 444 years in prison for killing six children and one pregnant in ‘exorcism ceremony’
A total of 444 years in prison were imposed on the nine members heresy in Panama for the murders of six young children and a pregnant woman on January 14, 2020. They then defended that it was an “exorcism ceremony” and that they committed the crimes to “cast out the demon”.
The court sentenced each of the seven defendants to a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison “New Light of God”, as announced by the prosecutor. Two other members of the sect had already been sentenced to 47 years in prison, following an agreement with prosecutors.
According to his decision court of Changinola, members of the sect tied up their victims, including six children aged 1 to 17, and killed them by beating them with sticks, Bibles and machetes, on the pretext that “they were driving the demon out of them”. The victims were members of the indigenous community Νγκαμπέ Buggle in the area El Teron.
The pregnant woman was forcibly taken to the church of the sect and she was killed in front of her five children, who were then beaten to death, along with another minor.
Many witnesses of the massacre, injured themselves, escaped and alerted the police. When they arrived, the police found about 15 people tied up inside the place of worship, including many children.
The bodies of the victims were later found, still tied up and decomposed, in a mass grave, an hour’s walk from the church.