Voodoo chicken killing ruffles Geneva feathers

Residents of Geneva’s Petit-Saconnex district are petitioning for surveillance cameras in their local park after finding a dead chicken that appeared to have been killed in a voodoo-style sacrificial ceremony.

Voodoo chicken killing ruffles Geneva feathers
The chicken was decapitated and disembowelled. Photo: Karen Jackson

Dog walkers found the chicken in Budé park near the Hotel Intercontinental on Wednesday, reported newspaper Le Matin on Friday.

Its throat had been slit and its innards removed. It lay on a white sheet saturated with blood, along with white candles, a child’s vest, jeans and jumper, pieces of squash and potato, eggs and grains of corn.

“It seemed like a voodoo ceremony,” said Jean-Philippe Brandt, spokesperson for Geneva police.

Local residents were unimpressed.

“It’s disgusting! There are plenty of kids who play in this park,” said one, whose dog came across the scene on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents bagged the remains and took them to a local animal protection group, where the corpse of the unfortunate fowl was put in the freezer.

The affair is now in the hands of Geneva’s Food and Veterinary Affairs Service (SCAV) which intends to launch an investigation.

However, killing a chicken in a voodoo ceremony is not necessarily against animal protection laws, SCAV’s spokesman Laurent Paoliello told Le Matin.

“It all depends on the manner in which the animal was killed, if it was stunned or not before being decapitated,” said Paoliello.

The incident is the latest in a spate of bad behaviour in Budé park which has pushed local residents to the edge.

Drug trafficking is an increasing problem, writes Le Matin, while two dogs were poisoned after ingesting excrement containing heroine.

Residents have decided to launch a petition in the hope that surveillance cameras will be erected in the area.

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Swiss woman indicted over ‘jihadist knife attack’ in department store

Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday they had indicted a woman for attempted murder on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group over a brutal knife attack in November 2020.

Swiss woman indicted over 'jihadist knife attack' in department store

The 29-year-old unnamed woman allegedly attacked two women in a department store in the southern city of Lugano.

She has been charged with attempted murder and violating laws against association with Al-Qaeda, IS and related groups, according to the indictment.

She was also charged with unlawful prostitution.

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The attorney general’s office said the indictment related to a “jihadist knife attack” and the alleged assailant, a Swiss citizen, “intended to kill her victims and to commit a terrorist act on behalf of IS.”

“The suspect acted wilfully and with particular ruthlessness. She brutally attacked her randomly-selected victims with a knife, with the aim of killing them and thereby spreading terror throughout the population on behalf of the ‘Islamic State’,” it said.

One of the two victims sustained serious neck injuries while the second victim, with help from others at the scene, managed to overpower her attacker and hold her until police arrived.

The attacker was arrested and detained. Police quickly discovered she had been linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation.

The woman had formed a relationship on social media with a jihadist fighter in Syria and attempted to travel to the war-torn country to meet him, police alleged at the time.

She was stopped by Turkish authorities at the Syrian border and sent back to Switzerland, they said, adding that the woman had suffered from mental health problems and been admitted to a psychiatric clinic.