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Amnesty slams Papua New Guinea for inaction over sorcery killing

Published on Feb 6, 2014 2:28 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Amnesty International on Thursday hit out at Papua New Guinea for failing to bring to justice the killers of a woman who was burnt to death a year ago for sorcery.

Ms Kepari Leniata, 20, was stripped naked, tied up, doused in petrol and burned alive in front of a crowd by relatives of a boy who died following an illness in the city of Mount Hagen in February last year.

The attackers claimed Ms Leniata caused his death through sorcery in a case that sparked global outrage, with the United Nations slamming "the growing pattern of vigilante attacks and killings of persons accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea".

"One year since Kepari's murder made international headlines, it is shocking that those responsible for her torture and killing have yet to be brought to justice," said Ms Kate Schuetze, Amnesty's Pacific researcher.

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