Priest jailed after nun's death in exorcism
19/02/2007 - 18:16:42

A Romanian priest has been sentenced to 14 years in prison today after a nun died during an exorcism ritual.

Sister Maricica Irina Cornici, 23, who was being treated for schizophrenia, said she believed the devil was talking to her.

Daniel Petru Corogeanu, a monk who served as the priest for a secluded Holy Trinity convent in northeast Romania, and four other nuns, chained Cornici to a cross in an attempt at exorcism.

She survived several days without food or water, but died of dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation.

The court in the northeast city of Vaslui convicted Corogeanu and the four nuns of holding Cornici captive, resulting in her death.

One of the nuns, Nicoleta Arcalianu, was sentenced to eight years in prison, and the other three – Adina Cepraga, Elena Otel and Simona Bardanas – received five-year sentences.

Dozens of the priest’s supporters packed the courtroom and prayed for him. Several burst into tears when the verdict was announced.

The defendants’ lawyers plan to appeal, saying the prison sentences are too harsh.

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