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American Missionary Defended

American missionary defended Arrest in Haiti called `setup’. When Haitian police arrested an American missionary for arms trafficking last week, officials said the man was part of a “global” plot to overthrow President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But family members and friends of jailed missionary James White, a 47-year-old former carpenter from Indiana, say he has pure intentions — and bad luck with timing. The guns arrived just as five men were arrested for plotting a coup attempt. “This sounds like a setup to me. My brother wouldn’t be a part of any kind of conspiracy to overthrow the government,” sister Linda Walker said in an interview from her home in Indiana. White was arrested Friday, after picking up a refrigerator that contained a powerful assault rifle used for military training that is the equivalent of an M-16, a .40-caliber pistol, gun powder and a bullet reloading machine, and at least one military-style camouflage outfit. The unusual contents belonged to a Bradenton man who says he was planning to move to Haiti to join White’s mission. Full Story

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