Brazilian Busted in Murder of US Nun Nabbed on Slavery Charges

Dorothy Stang's slaying was subject of movie

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2008 8:15 AM CST

(Newser) – A Brazilian rancher facing charges in the death of a 73-year-old American nun has been arrested again for fraud and slavery in the same Amazon region where the nun was shot three years ago, reports CNN. Evidence supporting the latest charges will be used at his murder trial. Four others have already been convicted of killing Sister Dorothy Stang, who fought for peasants' property rights. New action in the case follows release of acclaimed film They Killed Sister Dorothy.

Police officers and residents grimly gather around the body of American missionary Dorothy Stang in Anapu, northern Brazil, after she was shot dead in 2005.
Police officers and residents grimly gather around the body of American missionary Dorothy Stang in Anapu, northern Brazil, after she was shot dead in 2005.   (AP Photo/O Estado de Tapajos/Agencia Estado)
American nun Dorothy Stang holds a cross in Para, Brazil, a year she was shot dead on a muddy Amazon road.
American nun Dorothy Stang holds a cross in Para, Brazil, a year she was shot dead on a muddy Amazon road.   (AP Photo/Luiz Estumano-INTERFOTO, file)
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