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Man 'religiously whipped' in housebreaking

19 July 2011, 13:13

Sydney - An Australian prosecutor has said four men broke into a Sydney man's home, held him down on his bed and whipped him 40 times with a cable as a religious punishment.

Tolga Cifci appeared in court on Tuesday charged with aggravated breaking and entering and committing an indictable offense.

He is one of four men accused of participating in the Sunday attack.

Police prosecutor George Lolis told Burwood Local Court that Cifci targeted the man for doing "something against Islam." He did not specify further.

Lolis says if Cifci is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

No one else has been charged in the attack. Police said their investigation is continuing.

- AP


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