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Nepal court convicts 19 in mass slaying

2011-11-16 11:15

Katmandu - A mountain village court has convicted 19 villagers for the beating deaths of seven people from a rival community in a dispute over foraging for a rare fungus known as "Himalayan Viagra".

The Manang district court said six of the defendants have been sentenced to 20 years in jail while the remaining have been sentenced to two years.

Residents of Naar village attacked the seven rivals from a neighbouring district in June 2009 after they came to nearby mountainous areas to collect yarsagumba, a rare fungus that grows out of the corpses of caterpillars. It can fetch thousands of dollars per kilogramme for its reputed effects as an aphrodisiac.

The court reached its verdict on Tuesday.