Lynched Canadian killed Peru shaman, prosecutors say

Police and locals unearth the body of a Canadian man allegedly involved in the murder of shaman in the remote rural area of Yarinacocha, in Peru, on April 21, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 04 May 2018
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Lynched Canadian killed Peru shaman, prosecutors say

  • The body of Canadian Sebastian Paul Woodroffe was discovered April 21 in the Ucayali region of northeastern Peru bordering Brazil
  • Residents believe Woodroffe shot an 81-year-old indigenous shaman two days earlier outside her home

LIMA:  Peruvian prosecutors probing the lynching of a Canadian man in a remote area in the Amazon jungle said on Thursday they had concluded he was responsible for the fatal shooting of a female shaman.
“The perpetrator of the death of the Shipibo leader was the Canadian citizen,” a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office in the Amazon town of Pucallpa told AFP.
The body of the Canadian, Sebastian Paul Woodroffe, 42, was discovered April 21 in the Ucayali region of northeastern Peru bordering Brazil, not far from where the 81-year-old indigenous shaman, Olivia Arevalo, had been killed two days earlier outside her home.
Grisly footage of Woodroffe’s death at the hands of a mob circulated on social media.
In the video, a man is seen trying to put a black rope around the neck of another man slumped in a puddle with blood on his face who tries — unsuccessfully — to fight him off. “Please, no!” he mumbles in Spanish, as someone can be heard saying: “You asked for it.”
Prosecutors had said the cause of Woodroffe’s death was strangulation, noting there was also evidence of multiple other injuries.
Woodroffe had been living in the area for about two years and had acquired 20 hectares (50 acres) of land there, Peruvian media said.
Inca said gunpowder found on the Canadian’s clothes was “the main proof” that he shot Arevalo.
“The motives of the murder cannot be known. He is already dead. The only thing that has been determined is who killed the lady,” the spokesman said.
The prosecutors’ office said two men suspected of being involved in Woodroffe’s lynching — both members of Arevalo’s community — were being sought, with rewards of $6,200 for each of them.
Within her Shipibo-Konibo community, Arevalo was a healer widely revered for her knowledge of traditional medicine who was believed to have special powers.
 


UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

Updated 26 May 2019
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UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

  • The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban
  • They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban. They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban.
The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.
The UNAMA statement, released on Sunday, says most of the captives were held since 2018, with three since 2016. It says they were kept in poor conditions and subjected to forced labor. The statement cites the detainees as saying that the Taliban killed some of their captives.