Friday, June 17, 2011
A Canadian man who kept his son locked in a box no bigger than a portaloo for eight weeks has been forced to release him by police.
Johan Knelsen, 21, was forced to live in the homemade wooden prison at his home in Santa Cruz, eastern Bolivia, as punishment for stealing three chickens.
Speaking from inside the wooden cage, Johan showed police the bottles he used to collect his urine during almost two months of incarceration.
David Knelsen, his Canadian father, told authorities that his son was mentally ill and had stolen livestock, while local media reported that the young man was punished for using a phone.
The family are Christian Mennonites, a denomination that follows a very strict interpretation the Bible and shuns the use of technology.
There are dozens of close-knit Mennonite communities in the lowlands of eastern Bolivia. (Source)