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A mentally ill man was beaten to death by six self-proclaimed exorcists during a ritual meant to rid him of 'evil spirits' in north-eastern Azerbaijan.
Murad Soltanov, 25, had been taken to see the men by his father, who believed that his son's schizophrenia had been caused by demons.
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The 'exorcism' allegedly saw the men beat Ms Soltanov with pomegranate tree branches for several hours, breaking his bones and rib cage in the process.
Mr Soltanov had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in his hometown of Mashtaga near the Azerbaijani capital city Baku.
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He had undergone treatment, including medication, but his father did not think it sufficed, and so decided to turn to exorcists.
The father took his son to the town of...
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