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Haiti: US missionaries charged with child kidnap

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Ten US missionaries have been charged with child abduction for allegedly trying to smuggle youngsters out of earthquake-hit Haiti.

The group, mostly members of an Idado-based Baptist church, were returned to jail after a court hearing in Port-au-Prince.

Arrested trying to cross the border with the Dominican Republic with more than 30 children, the
Americans insist they thought the infants were orphaned or abandoned.

Their lawyer Edwin Coq confirmed the formal charges of child kidnapping and criminal association.

An investigative judge is now considering the fate of the five men and five women who could face long jail terms if convicted.

As evidence emerged that most youngsters with them were not orphans, UNICEF warned procedures for adopting Haitian children must be stringently observed. UN staff have launched a programme to keep track of children orphaned or separated from their families by last month’s quake.