Family, friends to stand trial for kidnapping

The Hamilton Spectator/July 26, 2008

A Mississauga doctor, his wife, son and two friends have been ordered to stand trial for kidnapping and forcible confinement.

The five are accused of attempting to forcibly deprogram the physician's adult daughter, whom they feared was being brainwashed by a religious group operating in Hamilton's North End.

Dr. Renato Brun Del Re, 55, his wife, Lucie, 56, of Milton, and their son, Giancarlo, 28, and friends Alan and Theresa Honner, are to appear Aug. 8 in Superior Court to set a date for trial.

The charges arose after Mirella Brun Del Re was allegedly snatched from Park Street North near the Dominion Christian Centre on Dec. 21, 2005. Police said she was forced into a van and taken to a secret location, where she was held 10 days.

At the centre of the bizarre kidnapping case is the centre's charismatic pastor, Peter Rigo, whose unorthodox Christian mission is blamed for isolating and estranging young church members from their families.

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