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Brazilian Missionaries Released from Senegal Prison–But Legal Challenges Remain

Two missionaries held for 5 months now free on bail.

Two Brazilian missionaries held in a Senegal jail without charge for five months were released on bail this month, yet still face accusations they operated youth programs without permits.

The Brazilian National Organisation of Evangelical Lawyers for the Defence of Fundamental Civic Freedoms (ANAJURE) says a final judgment on their case is expected within 30 days of their April 5 release.

Jose Dilson Da Silva is a missionary with the Brazilian Presbyterian Church in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Zeneide Moreira Novais, who works for Missao Servos, runs an orphanage for street children in Mbour, 80 kilometres south of Dakar.

ANAJURE President Uziel Santana told World Watch Monitor that the complaint about forceful conversions of Muslims found a legal foothold in the discovery that one of Da Silva's projects, Project Obadiah, had been operating without necessary licenses.

The original accusations were of child trafficking and conspiracy to break the law. The charges of conspiracy, "exploitation ...

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