Haiti PM: US Baptists knew removing kids was wrong
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - Haiti's prime minister says it's clear to him that the 10 U.S. Baptists who tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the quake-ravaged country "knew what they were doing was wrong."
Prime Minister Max Bellerive also tells The Associated Press his country is open to having the Americans tried in the United States.
Bellerive says some of the children have parents who are alive. The government is attempting to locate them.
He says a judicial system needs to determine whether the Americans were acting in good faith, as they claim, or are child traffickers. Bellerive told The AP yesterday he was outraged by the group's "illegal trafficking of children" in a country long afflicted by the scourge.
The Americans are mostly from Idaho. They have been held since being arrested Friday trying to enter the Dominican Republic with the children.
Haiti: Arrested Baptists may be sent to US
Haitian officials say they are talking with U.S. diplomats about whether 10 American Baptists arrested trying to take children out of the country should be sent to the United States for prosecution.
A lawyer representing the Americans says the nine are being treated poorly and one of them, a diabetic, fainted and has been hospitalized.
Haiti's communications minister says the Americans might have to face justice in the United States because Haiti's court system has been crippled by the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Lawyer Jorge Puello in the Dominican Republic says the Americans are crammed in a small room at Haiti's judicial police headquarters. He claims they have not been given adequate medical care and food.
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