Brazilian found guilty of ordering US nun murder

Sr Stang murdered 2005

A Brazilian rancher has been found guilty, for the third time, of masterminding the 2005 assassination of US-born Sister Dorothy Stang, reports The Catholic Herald.

A judge sentenced Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura to 30 years in prison after he was declared guilty on Monday night, the court in Para state said in a statement.

Moura has been tried three other times for the murder of Sister Dorothy, a naturalised Brazilian citizen who was a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from Dayton, Ohio.

In 2007 Moura was sentenced to 30 years in jail for masterminding the assassination. In Brazil, if a person is sentenced for more than 20 years, he has the right to be retried with a new jury.

During the 2008 trial, Moura was declared innocent of the charges.

In 2009, the verdict was annulled by the courts of the state of Para, and Moura was tried again in 2010. He was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years. But the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that Moura’s lawyers did not have enough time to prepare for the 2010 trial and ordered him to be tried again.

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