Canada: Crown drops charges in ‘cult’ rescue kidnapping

Parents abducted daughter because of fears about 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.

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Deputy Crown attorney Katherine Livingstone told Superior Court Justice James Turnbull she was staying all charges against Dr. Renato Brun del Re and his wife Lucie Brun del Re, both 57, their son, Giancarlo Brun del Re, 29. Livingstone told court she was halting the prosecution in the best interests of the public and the alleged victim of the kidnapping, Mirella Brun del Re, now 26.

Mirella Brun del Re recently met with police and prosecutors to say she had no wish to see her family tried on such serious charges and potentially facing significant prison terms.
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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.

The victim’s family saw the abduction as an intervention and hired a U.S.-based consultant who has overseen scores of anti-cult interventions to talk to their daughter.

– Source / Full Story: Crown drops charges in ‘cult’ kidnapping, Barabara Brown, The Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 13, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Cult Expert

The U.S.-based consultant in this case was cult expert Mary Alice Chrnalogar, author of Twisted Scriptures: A Path to Freedom from Abusive Churches.

In an August 2006 phone interview with The Hamilton Spectator, Chrnalogar said, “I didn’t come up there to take part in anything, I did come up there and talked to the family.”

She says she spoke with the family about intervention strategies, and even spoke with the woman at the centre of the alleged abduction, but she insists that she has nothing to do with involuntary deprogramming attempts, the National Post wrote in September that year.

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Law student gets house arrest for role in cult rescue abduction

Victim’s family going on trial in anti-church intervention

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.

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Alan Honner of Toronto was handed a conditional sentence by Superior Court Justice Robert Reilly after pleading guilty on April 24 to kidnapping and forcible confinement.
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At the time of his plea, Reilly ordered a ban on publication of the facts and legal submissions heard in court in order to protect the fair trial of three co-accused. Dr. Renato Brun Del Re, 57, a Mississauga physician, and his son, Giancarlo Brun Del Re, 29, face one count each of forcible confinement and kidnapping.

The mother of the alleged kidnapping victim, Lucie Brun Del Re, 57, a Georgetown secondary school teacher, is charged with forcible confinement.
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At the centre of the high-profile kidnapping case is a charismatic church leader known as Pastor Peter Rigo, who founded the evangelical Dominion Christian Centre of Canada (DCC) on Park Street North in Hamilton.
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The Brun Del Res maintain the DCC is a religious cult and hired a Tennessee-based intervention consultant, Mary Alice Chrnalogar, in an effort to deprogram their daughter.
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– Source / Full Story: Law student gets house arrest for role in abduction, Barbara Brown, The Hamilton Spectator, Canada, May 14, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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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.

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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...]