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Woman remanded after another dies following ‘spiritual ceremony’ (Updated)

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A 50-year-old woman was remanded in custody for six days on Thursday in connection with the death of another woman who reportedly had a drink containing drugs during a ‘spiritual’ ceremony in Larnaca earlier in the week.

The suspect, who is currently being treated in a private clinic in Limassol where she lives, was sought by police following the death of a 34-year-old woman from Latvia.

The 34-year-old was rushed to Larnaca general hospital last Tuesday where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

A post mortem was carried out on Wednesday and pathologists collected various samples that will be tested in a bid to determine the exact cause of death.

Police were led to the 50-year-old who is said to have held a ‘spirit purification’ ceremony at a home in Vergina were hallucinogens were given to the participants.

Police arrested the woman on Wednesday in connection with causing a death through reckless or dangerous act.

The woman said she has health problems and was admitted to a private clinic where the court held the remand hearing.

Police is also seeking a male suspect who may have left the island.

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