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10 US missionaries back in jail in Haiti

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Haiti's prime minister says it's clear to him that the U.S. Baptists who
tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the quake-ravaged country
"knew what they were doing was wrong."



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - Ten U.S. missionaries charged with kidnapping in Haiti have been taken back to jail after appearing before a judge to request provisional release.
     
A lawyer for all 10 says the judge has not ruled on the request.

More hearings are scheduled for next week.
     
The tired-looking missionaries filed back into a police van after spending half the day at the courthouse. They did not respond to questions from waiting journalists. Their lawyer says the judge told them not to discuss their case.

Friday, the families of the ten missionaries released a statement asking the Haitian government to let the group come home to the U.S.

Pastor Clint Henry, of Central Valley Baptist Church where missionaries are based, read the statement on behalf of the families. Henry also said is would be best for the missionaries and the people of Haiti is the Americans were released.

"We believe that the very best thing that could happen, not only for our loved ones who we miss dearly, but also for the people of Haiti, is for their government to release them as quickly as possible, allowing the world's attention to be focused where it should be, helping the nation that experienced the devastating earthquake," said Henry.

Baptists concerned Haiti arrests may hurt image

Officials at the Southern Baptist Convention have appealed to President Barack Obama to help get medical treatment and spiritual counseling for 10 Baptists arrested in Haiti.
     
A letter to Obama from three top SBC officials on Friday asks for the president to "arrange for a representative from their churches or from the Southern Baptist Convention, or both, to visit
them in Haiti as soon as possible."
     
The group, comprised mostly of Southern Baptists, was acting independently when its members were arrested on Jan. 29 while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti. Even so, Vice President of
Convention Relations Roger Oldham said there is concern the faith's long history of relief efforts could be tainted in some people's minds.
     
The Americans were charged with kidnapping on Thursday.

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