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Couple arrested in Spain over graveyard 'voodoo' love ritual

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Alicante cemetery. Photo: Paco Cameo / Flickr
12:23 CET+01:00
Police detained a man and a woman on suspicion of desecrating a grave in Alicante cemetery with the purpose of carrying out a cult ritual to strengthen their relationship.

The alarm was raised when cemetery staff on the morning of Saturday February 13th discovered a tomb had been broken open and parts of a corpse scattered across the crowd.

Among the bones were two voodoo dolls tied together, a candle and some piles of rice, beans, sweetcorn and noodles as well as two small plastic cups filled with rum, according to the Alicante-based Diario Información.

A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested and admitted that they had carried out a dawn ritual intended to "break the bond" between the woman and her ex-partner so that the couple could be happy together.

National Police said that the man was a follower of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions that draws on Roman Catholic elements.

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It is the second case of desecration in Alicante cemetery since the start of the year. In early January, municipal staff discovered a tomb had been broken into and a the skull removed and placed on top of the coffin with a candle at its feet. Staff suspect that incident to be a prank.

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