A spiritual healer has been acquitted of arresting a Sydney man against his will to perform an exorcism of black magic that includes cupping and cutting, but was found guilty of a minor charge of assault.
Riza Morinaj, 39, was convicted of the less serious charge of occasionally attacking a person in a house in Sydney in November 2016.
The victim, who can not be identified, testified that they had him in a bed when they placed suction cups and cut with a blade because the relatives thought he had been subjected to black magic.
That belief was due to his decision to move out of his mother's house with his wife, who felt she was being treated like a slave.
Riza Morinaj (pictured) says she has performed an exorcism of black magic, which involves cutting a man with a blade, in thousands of people
After almost three days of deliberations, a jury from the New South Wales District Court discovered on Wednesday that Morinaj was not guilty of arresting the man in company causing real physical damage.
The victim told the jury that he did not give permission for the Hijama, which involves the use of suckers to draw blood and incisions made with a blade, to be performed when he and his wife attended a family function.
The procedure, which the man told the police that was 'voodoo', was aimed at extracting black blood that was 'evil', Morinaj testified.
The Melbourne healer told the jury that he believed he had the man's consent to the procedure that the victim's grandfather had arranged.
He said the man was not pressured, nor did he tell him to stop or say that the suckers hurt him.
Morinaj said he had performed the procedure on thousands of people in many countries and would have stopped if there was any objection.
His lawyer, John Selimi, said that the man "in conflict" had wanted to appease his grandfather by participating in the procedure, but then had to "make a false story to keep the peace with his wife."
A man did not consent to an exorcism related to a sword, they told a court in Sydney (In the photograph: Riza Morinaj, who pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and assault)
Crown Prosecutor Ken Gilson described Morinaj as "supreme self-confidence" and "on a mission" to rid people of black magic.
He made a long-distance diagnosis "through disaffected third parties of the family" that the man was infected with black magic.
He urged jurors to take note of Morinaj's evidence showing that he had no doubts about his ability to diagnose, treat and cure people with black magic to decide if he carried out the Hijama while "neglecting" the protests of man
Judge Helen Syme, who continued Morinaj's bail, will listen to the sentencing submissions on November 2.
The case continues before the District Court Downing Center (pictured)