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Authorities arrest a Moroccan Muslim faith healer over what appears to be an exorcism gone wrong. The 'treatment' given to the 18 year-old lesbian girl results in her dying of burns[edit]

Belgian judicial authorities have arrested a Moroccan faith healer following the death of 18-year-old Layla Hachichi. The woman died as a result of burns. Her lifeless remains were recovered from her parents' home three weeks ago.

Lawyer Abderrahim Lahlali says that the faith healer was called in to deal with "psychological problems".

Newspaper reports suggest that the woman had a lesbian orientation.

The lawyer claims that the healer read from the Koran at the family's home on several occasions:" At no point did he perform any act of extortionism."

Mr Lahlali says that the Koranic reader has nothing to hide and went to the police station of his own accord.

The dead woman's parents do not face any charges at the moment. Judicial police staged a short reconstruction at the home of the deceased on Monday.
Moroccan faith healer arrested
flandersNews, October 28, 2009

Muslim woman believed to be possessed, dies from exorcism after the exorcists put their fingers down the woman’s throat, forced her into bathing in hot water and beat her with a stick[edit]

A court in Brussels opened on Monday the trial of six people charged in connection with the 2004 murder of a young Muslim woman in a deadly act of exorcism, a practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person believed to be possessed.
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The detainees in the case include two self-appointed exorcists, the victim’s husband and three female members of a radical Muslim group, will be standing trial for three weeks and facing charges of “torture leading to death.” If they are convicted, they face up to 30 years in prison.

Hours after Latifa Hachmi, 23, died in the evening of Aug. 5, 2004, her husband, Mourad Mazouj, made an emergency call reporting that his wife was feeling ill and stuck in the bathroom.

But the hypothesis of a natural death was quickly dismissed, as her body was found covered with bruises and her lungs filled with water.

Her husband later admitted to investigators that his wife was subjected month-long sessions of exorcism to evict from her body the demons that “prevented her from becoming pregnant.”

The practice 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. They were reportedly assisted by the woman’s husband and three Muslim “sisters” of the victim.

During this period, the young woman had swallowed dozens of liters of “holy” water, according to Belgian media reports. She was fed two spoons of yogurt every day and always had earphones playing verses from the Quran.

In order to evict the demons, the exorcists reportedly put their fingers down the woman’s throat, forced her into bathing in hot water and beat her with a stick.