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US Baptists accused of kidnapping, to be set free

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US Baptists accused of kidnapping, to be set free


A team of US missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 children and trying to smuggle them out of Haiti are to be released.

The group earlier appeared in court to answer questions in connection with their arrest but according to judicial sources no criminal intention could be proved.

The five men and five women have always said they were just trying to help orphans left destitute by last month’s earthquake.

The problem was, some of the children were found to have parents but that did not worry one Haitian father of twins. He said he had freely given his children to the Americans to get a better education for them.

The missionaries mostly belong to an Idaho-based Baptist Church. They have been held in jail since they were arrested but could be set free later today.

The case has highlighted the problems facing Haiti’s authorities as they try to ensure that traffickers cannot take advantage of vulnerable children in the chaos following the devastating earthquake.

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