June 20 2005 at 02:26PM
Bucharest - A Romanian priest, suspected of involvement in the death of a 23-year-old Romanian Orthodox nun in an apparent exorcism ritual, said on Sunday that he was trying to "take the devil out of her".
Maricica Irina Cornici, of the Holy Trinity convent in north-east Romania, died late on Wednesday after she was tied to a cross and left in a cold room for three days without food, police said.
The priest who runs the convent and four nuns were indicted on Sunday in connection with the death after telling police they tied up the nun because she was behaving violently.
The chief suspect, 29-year-old priest Daniel Petru Corogeanu officiated at her funeral on Sunday.