US Baptists ‘knew taking children out of Haiti was wrong’

From The Independent:

Haiti’s leader says it’s clear to him that the 10 US Baptists who tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the quake-ravaged country “knew what they were doing was wrong”.

Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said 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.

The Baptists are mostly from Idaho. They have been held since being arrested on Friday trying to enter the Dominican Republic with the children.

Haitian officials yesterday said they are considering sending the group back to the US for prosecution. Haiti’s court system was crippled by the earthquake on 12 January, which destroyed the Justice Ministry building in the capital, Port- au-Prince, and killed many government workers.

Here’s my favorite part:

Since their arrest on Friday near the Dominican border, the Americans have been held inside dingy concrete rooms in the same judicial police headquarters where ministers give disaster response briefings. They have not yet been charged. A lawyer representing them alleged yesterday that they were being treated poorly and that one of them, a diabetic, fainted and was taken to hospital. Attorney Jorge Puello, in the Dominican Republic, said they were not being given adequate medical care and food.

Not being given adequate medical care or food? Why not? It’s not like there was a major natural disaster in an already poor country or anything. Can’t missionaries kidnap non-orphans anymore without all this red tape?