The trial of six people charged in connection with the 2004 murder of a young Muslim woman in a deadly act of exorcism opened on Monday in Brussels.
Latifa Hachmi was deceived into believing she could not have children because she had been possessed by demons or other spiritual entities by her husband and three female members of a radical Muslim group. The “exorcism” was conducted in the couple’s apartment in Brussels by Abdelkrim Aznagui, a Moroccan self-proclaimed “Sheik” and his “disciple,” Xavier Meert, a Belgian native who converted to Islam.
Latifas body was discovered covered in bruises with her lungs full of water, she had been subjected to months of torture in the name of exorcising her demons, she had been held down and made to swallow litres of holy water whilst listening to verses from the Qu’ran on headphones.
If convicted of the charges of “torture leading to death.” the six will face up to 30 years in prison.