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After spending nine years separated and behind bars in a Brazilian jail, two Canadians accused of the politically motivated kidnapping of a Brazilian supermarket magnate are back on Canadian soil.

Christine Lamont, 39, and David Spencer, 35, arrived in Toronto just after 6 a.m. Saturday on a flight from Brazil. They were quickly escorted away in handcuffs by Canadian Correction Services officials.

Under Canadian judicial law, they are eligible for parole Dec. 28 after serving one-third of their 28-year sentence. However, officials are doubtful they will be released right away.

The suspects, along with eight other gang members, were sentenced in 1989 for kidnapping Abilio Diniz and demanding a $30 million ransom -- never paid -- to fund leftist guerrilla activities.

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