Idaho's congressional delegation reacts to charges - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Idaho's congressional delegation reacts to charges

BOISE, Idaho. - Members of Idaho's congressional delegation say they are working to ensure Baptist missionaries being detained in Haiti on child kidnapping charges have access to legal help and medical attention.
     
Of the 10 Americans, eight are from Idaho.
     
In a statement Thursday, Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch, along with Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick and Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, said they hope the matter will resolve quickly.
     
The Baptist missionaries were charged Thursday in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake. The Americans said they were rescuing abandoned children and orphans.

At least two-thirds of the children have parents who gave them away because they said the Americans promised the children a better life.

Clinton says case is in Haitian hands

It's "a matter for the Haitian judicial system." That's how Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is describing the charges against 10 American missionaries who are accused of kidnapping.

Clinton told reporters today that the State Department will "continue to provide support" to the Americans as it does whenever U.S. citizens are charged in other counties and she says she hopes the matter "can be resolved in an expeditious way."

She says it's a case that Haiti is pursuing "based on the evidence that it presented."
     
Most of the missionaries are from Idaho and members of the state's congressional delegation say they're working to make sure they have access to legal help and medical attention.

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