Malaysia hangs three for witchcraft murder

Three people have been hanged in Malaysia for murdering a member of the state assembly in a black-magic ritual.

The trio had exhausted all avenues of appeal after being sentenced to death in 1995 for the murder of the politician, Mazlan Idris two years earlier.

During a sensational trial, the court heard how the witchdoctor couple and their assistant chopped Mr Mazlan's body into pieces and used his money on shopping sprees and plastic surgery.

Mr Mazlan an assemblyman in central Pahang state had originally approached the Malaysian witchdoctor for supernatural help to boost his political career.