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Muslim convert whipped for drinking

A SYDNEY man who was held down on his bed and whipped up to 40 times by strangers had recently converted to Islam and was reportedly being punished for drinking.

A SYDNEY man who was held down on his bed and whipped up to 40 times by strangers had recently converted to Islam and was reportedly being punished for drinking.

The 31-year-old was asleep in his apartment in Silverwater, in Sydney's west, when he woke to find four bearded men in his bedroom about 1am on Sunday.

Three of the intruders restrained him on the bed while the fourth man used a cable to lash him. The attack lasted about 30 minutes and left the man covered in welts, the Seven Network reported yesterday.

The man reportedly told police he had only recently converted to Islam and fundamental Wahabi Muslims were punishing him for having a few drinks with friends.

"This criminal act has no place in Islam," Ahmed Kilami, from the Muslim Village, said. "I hope these guys are caught and face the full force of the law."


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