Accused Witch Burned Alive

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 8, 2013)--A woman accused of witchcraft was burned alive in front of hundreds of witnesses in Papua New Guinea.

The nation’s prime minister, police and diplomatic observers all condemned the fiery death of Kepari Leniata, 20.

Police in South Pacific nation say some of the hundreds of bystanders took photographs.

Grisly pictures were published on the front pages of Papua New Guinea's biggest circulating newspapers.

A police spokesman said Leniata was accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in the local hospital the day before.

Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery in Papuan New Guinean culture, but responses to sorcery allegations have become increasingly violent in recent years.


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