Amish beard-cutters arraigned

2011-10-13 07:08

Ohio – Five men suspected of forcefully cutting the beards of fellow Amish men have been arraigned in an Ohio courtroom and released on $50 000 (about R392 000) bail each.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Levi Miller, Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet and two other men were in Holmes County Municipal Court yesterday on kidnapping and burglary charges. Prosecutor Steve Knowling tells the newspaper the leader of their group, Sam Mullet, posted bail.

Jail personnel say Mullet would have paid cash or at least 10% to a bonding agent.

The sheriff says men entered a home October 3 and used scissors and clippers to cut the beards of the bishop of another community and his son.

Amish beards carry spiritual significance. Mullet says beard-cuttings are in response to criticism from other Amish leaders about his practices.

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