Death penalty for witchcraft sought by Vanuatu MP | Pacific Beat

Death penalty for witchcraft sought by Vanuatu MP

Death penalty for witchcraft sought by Vanuatu MP

Updated 13 April 2015, 12:20 AEST

A Vanuatu politician is calling for witchcraft to be a crime punishable by death.

The comment from former finance minister Willie Jimmy follows an incident last week on an island near Malekula in which a community, allegedly including chiefs and church pastors, hanged two men for suspected sorcery.

Police are treating then men's deaths as homicide.

But opposition MP Willie Jimmy says that Melanesian people regard black magic as very real, and people who practice it should get the death penalty.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Willie Jimmy, Vanuatu opposition MP

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