An Algerian exorcist practicing spiritual healing by the Koran locked up his 42-year-old cousin for 10 days in his room until she died, saying he was ordered to do so by jinn (spirit) to leave her body, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The exorcist, dubbed Raqi, was called by his cousin’s husband to treat her, claiming she was gripped by a jinn who married her by force.
After a long treatment session, the Raqi told his cousin’s husband that his wife has been forced to marry a jinn from Sudan for nearly 14 years and that the jinn keeps getting into her body and leaving back home. He then decided to keep her at his home for treatment until he manages to expel the jinn out of her body.
“One night I woke up and heard the jinn in her room…I went in and the jinn told me to wash him so he can leave her body…he also asked me to wash my cousin,” the Raqi said, quoted by the Algerian Arabic language daily Alshuruq.
“I washed her and left her in the room for 10 days….police then came to my home and I tried to stop them by summoning jinn…some of them were scared off but others stormed the room and found my cousin dead.”
The paper said the Raqi warned the police officer that he would summon “Shamroukh, the Sultan of the jinn in Morocco.”
“But the officer scoffed at him…he ordered the Raqi to come with him to the police station and to bring Shamroukh with him if he wants.”
The paper said the Raqi was sentenced to 20 years in prison but did not mention where that incident took place in Algeria.