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September 6, 2013

Maldives police detain 'cursed' coconut

Suspicions of vote-rigging run high ahead of presidential election.
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Photo via FLICKR/HAFIZ ISSADEEN

A coconut was detained by Maldivian police as "suspicious fruit" on Tuesday after it was found near a designated polling station. The coconut had a Quranic verse written on it, leaving some to believe it had links to black magic, which could be used to influence voters ahead of Saturday's presidential election.

Police summoned a ruqyah or white magic practitioner to determine whether the coconut was, in fact, cursed. No charges were filed, as the ruqyah found the coconut to be a fake - reassuring the police that they had nothing to worry about.

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