APnv 06/19 0428 Bhadra Released PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman who pleaded guilty to tryin

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APnv 06/19 0428 Bhadra Released PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman who pleaded guilty to trying to kill the personal physician to Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh has been released from federal prison so she can return to her native Australia and attend her sick parents. Ma Shanti Bhadra, 42, who has resumed the name Catherine Jane Paul Elsea, was granted an early parole Thursday from the Federal Correctional Institute at Pleasanton, Calif., authorities told Portland television station KATU. Bhadra, born in Perth, was sentenced July 22, 1986, in U.S. District Court in Portland after pleading guilty to her role in a plot to murder Swami Devaraj, also known as George Alexander Stowell Wynne-Aubrey Meredith, the doctor and aide to Rajneesh while the guru presided over a commune in the desert of central Oregon. Bhadra also served as vice president of Rajneesh Medical Corp. and as treasurer of Rajneesh Foundation International until she resigned Sept. 13, 1985, shortly before fleeing the country with several other high-ranking Rajneeshees as the commune collapsed. She was arrested Oct. 28 in Hausern, West Germany, along with Ma Anand Sheela, the former personal secretary to the guru, and Ma Anand Puja, who served as secretary-treasurer of the Rajneesh Medical Corp. The three women were extradited to Oregon and all were eventually sentenced to prison terms at Pleasanton. Last page !


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