According to reports the 29 cult members, made up of men and women ate their victims’ brains raw and made soup from their penises. Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie said: “They don’t think they’ve done anything wrong; they admit what they’ve done openly.” He believes that the victims practiced “sanguma”, or sorcery. Also Anthony Wagambie believes that they had been extorting money and demanding sex from poverty-stricken villagers for supernatural services.
It’s also thought that there may be between 700 and 1,000 cult members across several villages in the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea’s northeast interior. Many of these members could have eaten human flesh; cannibalism is part of the traditional culture in those regions and in the past throughout Papua New Guinean. Human flesh was known as “long pig,” it is thought that isolated regions still practice cannibalism which the recent arrests prove. However Wagambie, 36, said he had never heard of a previous case of cannibalism in his lifetime.
A report in the National a Papua New Guinea publication stated that 28 men and women appeared in a Madang court on Tuesday. There are no details about the 29th suspect. According to Police Commander Anthony Wagambie all suspects were charged with willful murder, which is punishable by death. Police stated that they will gather more witness statements before pressing charges linked to the cannibalism allegations.
The Police Commander stated that four of the seven victims were murdered last week, and no remains had been recovered. He said: “They’re probably all eaten up.”
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