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Missionaries charged with child abduction

2010-02-09 15:21 BJT

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The new lawyer representing ten Americans charged in Haiti with child kidnapping says they had all the necessary paperwork to take 33 children out of the country after the earthquake.

U.S. American missionaries, accused of illegally trying to take children out of Haiti, pray before hearing the verdict from Haitian Deputy Prosecutor Jean Ferge Joseph of the Judicial Police office in Port-au-Prince February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Joseph Guyler Delva 
U.S. American missionaries, accused of illegally trying to take 
children out of Haiti, pray before hearing the verdict from Haitian
Deputy Prosecutor Jean Ferge Joseph of the Judicial Police office
in Port-au-Prince February 4, 2010.REUTERS/Joseph Guyler Delva

However, the lawyer says it's not immediately clear who may have given the authorization. The Baptist group says it was on a humanitarian mission to rescue orphans after the earthquake, but at least 20 of the children had living parents. Some of those parents say they gave the children to the group because the missionaries promised to educate them at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and the parents would be allowed to visit.

The group will be questioned this week. The group's original Haitian lawyer was fired over the weekend after he allegedly tried to bribe the missionaries' way out of prison.

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