Co-accused in 'cult' abduction pleads guilty

The Hamilton Spectator, Canada/April 25, 2009

The case of a Mississauga doctor accused of abducting his daughter from a religious group took a twist when a co-accused pleaded guilty to kidnapping and forcible confinement charges.

Alan Honner pleaded guilty Thursday. Sentencing has been put over to May 8.

Superior Court Justice Robert Reilly slapped a gag order on the evidence in support of the plea.

Three others are to stand trial Oct. 13. Dr. Renato Brun Del Re, wife Lucie and son Giancarlo are accused of attempting to forcibly deprogram Brun Del Re's adult daughter, who they feared was being brainwashed by a cult in the North End. 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, taken to a secret location and held there for 10 days.

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