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Brazil 'faith healer' John of God surrenders to police

A Brazilian faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women has handed himself in to police, local media report.

Joao Teixeira de Faria, known as "John of God", was declared a fugitive on Saturday after missing a deadline to surrender to the authorities.

The cascade of claims against him began earlier in December, when at his clinic.

Mr Faria denies the allegations.

The medium is based in the central town of Abadiania, west of the capital Brasilia, but has followers worldwide.

Brazil's O Globo newspaper reports that the medium withdrew 35 million reais ($8.9m; £7m) from several bank accounts on Wednesday - convincing authorities that he could be planning to flee Brazil, or hide the money in case of future compensation claims.

Authorities responded with an arrest warrant on Friday.

On Sunday, mobile phone footage broadcast on Brazil's Globo TV showed Mr Faria, looking weary, getting out of a car and surrendering to police on a dirt road in Abadiania.

He was transported to police headquarters in Goiania, the capital of Goias state.

The medium can be heard on video saying that when he heard the abuse allegations "I surrendered to divine justice - and, as promised, I now place myself in the hands of earthly justice".

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