Commando frees Hungarian woman from sect in Slovakia

Bratislava, August 11 (MTI) – Slovak police commandos freed a Hungarian woman from the clutches of a Slovak sect in the early hours of Friday, MTI learned from an unofficial source in Bratislava.

The 34-year-old woman, who had been living in Florida with her husband, entered into correspondence with a non-medical practitioner who purported to specialise in herbal cures around Kralovsky Chlmec in eastern Slovakia.

Two months ago she left for Slovakia to get acquainted with the practitioner. Since that time she had not contacted her husband or any of her relatives living in Hungary.

The family made a series of unsuccessful attempts to discover her whereabouts.

She managed to make a call to them in secret on Wednesday, telling them that the practitioner headed a religious sect whose members were keeping her in captivity and had beaten her several times.

The family turned to Hungarian police. Hungarian Consul Laszlo Risko Nagy in Bratislava confirmed the story.

After the embassy informed the Slovak authorities, a police commando unit stormed the sect and freed her on Friday.

The woman is in a rather unstable mental condition and is being questioned in the presence of a psychologist.

Her jailers were members of an extremist sect dedicated black magic and beat her several times during the rites. Quoting a police source, the consul said the woman had not been their sole victim.

Slovak police launched criminal procedures against the suspects. The woman is expected to return to Hungary on Saturday afternoon at the earliest.

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Aug. 11, 2006

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