Five face trial in Brazil for nun's murder

The five men arrested in connection with the February murder in Brazil of US-born activist nun Sr Dorothy Stang, will be tried in October.

catholicireland.net reports that the 74 year old missionary was assassinated in the Amazon state of Para. Sr Dorothy was travelling to a sustainable development project in Anapu with some colleagues when she was shot three times by two gunmen.

This tragedy occurred 16 years after the murder of Chico Mendes, who was also a defender of rural communities. Mendes was also a colleague of the current Minister for the Environment Marina Silva. Marina Silva is in Anapu meeting with State authorities, following the news of Sr Dorothy's death.

"Like Chico Mendes, Sr Dorothy refused to be intimidated and she paid an enormous price," said Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Amazon co-ordinator. "She selflessly worked for many years supporting the rights of rural workers, and defending the Amazon from reckless deforestation and we can't let her death be in vain."

Those accused are; farmers Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura and Regivaldo Pereira Galv„o, suspected of having ordered the slaying; foreman Amair Feijoli, accused of being the intermediary; and farmers Rayfran das Neves Sales and Clodoaldo Batista, who have confessed to the murder.

The prosecution of the state of Para believes the motive behind the killing is that the farmers were opposed to her work on agrarian reform in the Amazon.

If convicted, the accused could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In June, the US Justice Department indicted Rayfran das Neves and Clodoaldo Batista in connection with the same crime.

Five face trial in Brazil for nun's murder (catholicireland.net 12/7/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Sr. Dorothy Stang, SND murdered in Brazil (Srs of Notre Dame de Namur)
Remembering Sr Dorothy Stang (Greenpeace USA)
Dorothy Stang (Wikipedia)

Suspect in nun's murder surrenders to police (CathNews 22/2/05)
American nun assassinated in Brazil (CathNews 14/2/05)

13 Jul 2005