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2 Pennsylvania mosque leaders cut man’s hand with machete after being accused of stealing

By Mason White 11:38 AM July 21, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Two mosque leaders are in trouble after using sharia law to punish a man who they accused of stealing, police in Pennsylvania said.

The Philadelphia Police Department said that the emir of the mosque was jailed after he and the imam cut the hand of the man with a 2-foot machete.

The incident began right after a prayer service at the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim on Monday morning, when Merv Mitchell, and the imam of the mosque faced off with the man who usually helps organize prayer services.

Mitchell and the 25-year-old imam, accused the 46-year-old man of stealing money donated to the mosque. The man denied the accusation.

Police said that the victim was dragged to the building’s backyard. They threw the victim to the ground and held his right arm.

One of the suspects grabbed the machete from inside the mosque, and struck the victim. The blade nearly cut off his hand.

The victim was treated at a hospital and later released, but he will need reconstructive surgery. The machete used in the attack was found in the mosque.

Mitchell, 37, also known as Mabul Shoatz, was charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and reckless endangerment.