Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Children tortured in underground Islamic cult

Muslim "catacomb sect" faces cruelty charges
A sect member stands at the gate of their house near Kazan, Russia, 8 August Four members of a breakaway Russian Muslim sect in Russia's Tatarstan region have been charged with cruelty against children for allegedly keeping them underground.
Police discovered 27 children and 38 adults living in catacomb-like cells in  an eight-level underground bunker.
The sect's elderly leader, Faizrakhman Sattarov, had reportedly wanted to  build his own Islamic caliphate beneath the ground.
Prosecutors said some of the children had lived there for more than a  decade. The sect was uncovered last week in a suburb of the city of Kazan during an  investigation into recent attacks on Muslim clerics in Tatarstan, a mainly Muslim region on the River Volga. 
Mr. Sattarov, who had declared himself a Muslim prophet, has been charged with  the crime of "arbitrariness," a broad crime that covers "actions contrary to the  order presented by a law." No immediate reaction to the charges was reported.
"Divine light"
Nineteen underage children were removed by the Russian authorities, some of  them placed in care, others in [the] hospital, Russian government-owned newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. More

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