Wednesday, December 7, 2005

NTM Appeals Venezuelan Expulsion

"US Evangelic[al] mission New Tribes Tuesday files an action with the Supreme Tribunal of Justice seeking annulment of Interior and Justice Ministry resolution 427 revoking the group's 50-year-old permit to operate in Venezuelan indigenous areas.

An impasse between New Tribes and the Venezuelan government emerged last April, when President Hugo Chavez ordered an investigation into the activities of the group in indigenous zones in the country for their alleged involvement in illegal mining activities and espionage for the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Marcos Brito, a director of New Tribes Mission in Venezuela, said there is no evidence supporting such claims against the religious group, adding that their members continue working as usual, because they were given a 90-day term to leave the country." ...

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