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Brazilian Catholic priest detained in Zimbabwe

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A Catholic Brazilian Franciscan Brother, Rodrigo Peret, of the Pastoral Land Commission of Uberlandia (state of Minas Gerais) together with twenty others belonging to a group of international mining activists were at the weekend, remanded in custody for a day. They were released and escorted to the airport by that country’s authorities after each paid a fine of US$100 to the Mutare Magistrates’ court, according to Vatican Radio’s Brazilian Service. Brother Peret expressed appreciation to diplomats, local lawyers and ecclesiastical authorities for helping with their release.