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Brazil: rancher’s conviction upheld

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A court in Brazil said on Friday it upheld the conviction of one of two ranchers blamed for ordering the 2005 murder of U.S. nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang (in picture). Landowner Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura had already been tried three times and sentenced to 30 years for the killing of Stang (73), shot on February 12, 2005 in the town of Anapu, 700 km from the Para state capital of Belem in northern Brazil after meeting with landless peasants to discuss an ecological project. Local ranchers accused her at the time of inciting landless farmers . But in May, the Supreme Court quashed Moura’s latest conviction. It argued that he was not given enough time to prepare his defence during the 2010 trial. Late Thursday, the court in Belem upheld Moura’s 30-year sentence. — AFP


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