Chad expels bishop in oil wealth row16 October 2012
An Italian missionary bishop who spent 36 years in Chad was expelled from the central African country last weekend for criticising the mismanagement of oil revenues.
The Government on Friday announced the expulsion of Michele Russo, a Comboni missionary who has been bishop in the oil-rich southern Doba region for 23 years and has campaigned for ordinary people to receive a greater share of Chad's new oil wealth, AFP reported.
Chad authorities said a homily delivered by the 67-year-old Russo and broadcast by a private radio station was "likely to disturb public order" and that the bishop had "engaged in activities incompatible with his status".
Comboni missionary and journalist, Fr Giulio Albanese, told Vatican Radio: "Behind all this, according to some observers, there are the interests of local politicians and oil companies, which have been suspicious of him for a while."
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