Canada: Crown drops charges in ‘cult’ rescue kidnapping

Dominion Christian Centre / One Community Church The prosecution has decided not to pursue kidnapping and forcible confinement charges against a family doctor and his teacher wife who abducted their daughter three years ago because they believed she was being brainwashed by a religious cult.

At the centre of the bizarre kidnapping plot is a charismatic church leader known as Pastor Peter Rigo, who founded the evangelical Dominion Christian Centre Canada, now known as One Community Church, on Park Street North in Hamilton. [Read more...]

Law student gets house arrest for role in cult rescue abduction

Dominion Christian Centre A law student who participated in a brazen daylight kidnapping was sentenced to 15 months house arrest yesterday after admitting to a bizarre plot to rescue a woman whose family feared she was being brainwashed by a religious cult.

The ‘rescue’ involved a member of the Dominion Christian Centre. [Read more...]

Dominion Christian Centre found Gucci divine, charity watchdog discovers

Peter and Peggy Rigo An evangelical church that used donor money to pay for gym memberships, Gucci fashion accessories and trips to Hawaii and elsewhere for its directors has been stripped of its charitable licence by the federal government.

At least one family claims it is a cult and faces criminal charges for trying to remove their daughter. [Read more...]

Trial for man charged with kidnapping daughter from ‘religious cult’ to start in October

Dominion Christian Centre A doctor accused of kidnapping his daughter, whom he feared was being brainwashed by a religious cult, will go to trial in the fall.

Dr. Renato Brun Del Re, 54, a family physician, was charged with kidnapping and forcible confinement after his daughter was abducted on Dec. 21, 2005. [Read more...]

Kidnap suspect’s fate in limbo

Dominion Christian Centre A doctor accused of kidnapping his daughter in order to get her to leave a religious cult will have to wait another month before he learns his trial date.

Also accused in the case are the woman’s mother, 55-year-old Lucie Brun Del Re, a French teacher in Georgetown; her brother Giancarlo Brun Del Re; and family friends Alan Honner and Theresa Honner.

The church, Dominion Christian Centre, denies it is a cult… [Read more...]

Kidnapping suspect will learn his trial date next month

Dominion Christian Centre A Mississauga doctor accused, together with four other people, of kidnapping his daughter will appear in court next month to have a trial date set.

Dr. Renato Brun Del Re was charged with kidnapping and forcible confinement after his daughter was abducted Dec. 21, 2005.

His daughter is a member of the Dominion Christian Church in Hamilton. He alleges the church is a religious cult and that his daughter had been brainwashed. [Read more...]