Brazil court frees alleged mastermind of US nun’s Amazon killing while considering case

Brazil court frees suspect in US nun’s killing

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian court has freed an Amazon rancher accused of masterminding the 2005 murder of a U.S. nun and rain forest activist.

The court says it released Vitalmiro Moura while it considers a habeas corpus petition that would order him brought before a judge.

Moura was convicted in 2007 of orchestrating the murder of Dorothy Stang, a nun from Dayton, Ohio. Stang was shot six times in the jungle city of Anapu, where she had worked to keep ranchers from developing public lands.

As a first-time offender sentenced to 30 years in prison, Brazilian law allowed Moura a second trial, and he was acquitted in 2008.

A court overturned that decision this month, ruling that video evidence his defense had used had been illegally gathered.


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