Missionaries remain jailed while awaiting fate

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:32 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The ten Baptist missionaries charged with trying to spirit 33 children out of Haiti are back in jail after a judge refused to release them pending the outcome of their case.

Their lawyer says three more days of hearings are scheduled next week, starting Monday. He says it's "scandalous" they're being detained.

In Idaho, where most of the missionaries are from, Pastor Clint Henry of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian urged Haiti to quickly free the group. Three national leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to do everything he can to get them home.

The U.S. government appears to be approaching the incident carefully. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls the case " a matter for the Haitian judicial system."

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<<CUT …251 (02/05/10)>> 00:04 "Haitian judicial system"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says a Haitian judge will examine the kidnapping charges against the American missionaries.

<<CUT …252 (02/05/10)>> 00:13 "an expeditious way"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the ten missionaries facing kidnapping charges in Haiti are being advised by U.S. consular personnel there.

<<CUT …291 (02/05/10)>> 00:05 "here in Haiti"

Ben Fox

AP Correspondent Ben Fox reports a Haitian lawyer has been speaking to a Haitian judge on behalf of ten detained U.S. missionaries. ((note audio quality))

<<CUT …292 (02/05/10)>> 00:10 "that conditional release"

Ben Fox

AP Correspondent Ben Fox reports a lawyer representing ten U.S. Baptist missionaries has argued before a judge that they should be allowed to leave the country pending the outcome of their case. ((note "today" in court refers to Friday))

<<APPHOTO IDNCP203 (01/31/10)>>

: Clint Henry, head pastor at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho takes questions from the media on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. Five members of the Central Valley Baptist church are currently being detained in Haiti along with five other Americans following an attempt to transport 33 children out of Haiti and into the Dominican Republic.

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