Kidnappers Lamont, Spencer freed

Just months after being transferred from a Brazilian prison, Canadian kidnappers David Spencer and Christine Lamont are being released.

The pair, who had served nine years of a 28 year sentence for the political kidnapping of a Brazilian supermarket mogul, have been granted full parole under a provision for first-time offenders.

When they were returned to Canada under a prisoner exchange program two months ago, their lawyer said Lamont and Spencer would be applying for parole because, as of next month, they would have served one-third of their sentences.

They've been in prisons in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. Their Canadian jailers won't disclose their release dates, citing privacy.

Lamont, of Langley, B.C., and Spencer, of Moncton, N.B., were part of a group of 10 people who kidnapped Abilio Diniz in 1989. The group planned to use a $30 million US ransom to fund leftist guerrillas in El Salvador, but they were foiled before payment and Diniz was freed unharmed.

It wasn't until two years ago that Lamont and Spencer admitted their parts in the crime.

Last fall, they went on a hunger strike to press for their release.