Stock photo: a cleansing ritual
An exorcist has been called in to assist in a harassment court case involving a non-apologetic, self-proclaimed Satanist from Latvia, a Maltese NGO, and at least one bone.
Karlis Meiers, a 28-year-old Marsascala resident, pleaded not guilty to threatening a woman who works with a voluntary organisation and who cannot be named by court order. Meiers stands accused of placing a bone and other occult-related items in the front yard of the woman’s house, allegedly to convince her that she was being placed under a curse.
A Maltese court heard how Meiers had a dispute with the woman’s voluntary organisation, and knew where she lived because they were neighbours.
Inspectors Joseph Mercieca and Oriana Spiteri explained that Meiers denied placing the occult-related items and the bone in front of the woman’s home. Meiers had told police that the items were being used as part of a “cleansing ritual”, and that he was going to bury the bone and other items after the ritual was done.
He was unable to explain how the items had appeared in her front yard.
The Satanist complained that he was being discriminated against on the basis of his religion
Meiers sustained that he had done nothing wrong or illegal, saying: “I committed no crime. I did not endanger anyone.”
There are believed to be between 100,000 and 200,000 Satanists in the world.
Magistrate Joe Mifsud, who was presiding over the court case, appointed the exorcist as a court expert to assist in the inquiry. The court also issued a protection order for the victim.