PNG cult leader arrested

An elusive cult leader, who calls himself “Black Jesus”, has been arrested in the jungle of eastern Papua New Guinea.

More than 50 of Stephen Tari‘s followers surrendered to police after a promise they would not be charged.

Our reporter, Steve Marshall, says graphic photographs have emerged of cult leader, Steven Tari, being carried from the jungle by police on a bamboo stretcher.

Wearing only a loin cloth, with his hands and feet bound, Tari was besieged by locals who verbally and physically assaulted him.

Known as “Black Jesus”, the cult leader had been eluding police since 2005.

It is alleged Tari is responsible for sacrificial killings, rape and murder of people who opposed his movement.

Madang police praised locals who restrained Tari while he was sleeping in the jungle, with one villager climbing a mountain to use a mobile phone to alert authorities.

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