Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed - Deported

Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed Deported - Mormon Doctrine Studies - Posted: 3rd Sep, 2009 - 2:21pm

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Guyana Missionaries Jialed Imprisoned At least 30 of them.
3rd Sep, 2009 - 2:22am / Post ID: #

Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed - Deported

Lds Missionaries To Be Deported From Guyana

It is not uncommon for Mission Presidents and the Church in general to not keep all the necessary papers for the missionaries(I read many stories like this one) some are lucky they're not caught, others like in this case are the unlucky ones. This number also includes senior couples. Two elders from the Church met with Guyanan President Bharrat Jagdeo after the arrest to resolve this issue.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- At least 30 Latter-day Saint missionaries were detained Wednesday in the South American country of Guyana because they did not have updated travel documents, police said.

Most of them are U.S. Citizens and will be given one month to leave before they are deported, Police Chief Henry Greene said. He declined further comment.

The missionaries were expected to be released late Wednesday to prepare for their departure, acting U.S. Ambassador Karen Williams said.

"It does come as a surprise, but I don't want to speculate as to a reason" for the arrests, she said.

A lawyer for the missionaries, Nigel Hughes, said he filed a motion with the courts and a judge issued an injunction blocking police from expelling the missionaries Thursday.

It was unclear what prompted the arrests. No incidents involving the missionaries were reported prior to their detainment. They could be heard singing "We Shall Overcome" from their cells Wednesday night.

The church emissaries committed no known crimes and were simply doing missionary work, said attorney Leslie Sobers, a local spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Some 100 missionaries with the Church are estimated to work in Guyana. Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for the Church, said church leaders hope they can reach an amicable solution with Guyanese authorities.

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3rd Sep, 2009 - 2:56am / Post ID: #

Deported Jailed Missionaries Lds Guyana

How come the Church is not on top of this? Does it have to do with the recent change of Mission Presidents and a lapse in follow-up? It looks like someone in Guyana does not like the Mormons there. The Church's missionary leadership must be seating buckets now - how embarrassing for the Church and for the missionaries there.

3rd Sep, 2009 - 3:20am / Post ID: #

Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed - Deported Studies Doctrine Mormon

They did not have the updated documents needed, authorities believed they broke the law and were arrested. I am not sure why though they did not have the necessary papers, surely a wake up call.

3rd Sep, 2009 - 3:32am / Post ID: #

Deported Jailed Missionaries Lds Guyana

It is a tough thing to be in a mission where there are so many countries and requirements. If they do not get this sorted I don't know where they'll go because Trinidad also has a set quota. Hopefully, whatever became of the the LDS Guyana leadership talking with Jagdeo will help, but at the same time I don't know - if they were 'illegal' and then he intervenes others may view that in an unkindly light. Let's see how it plays out.

3rd Sep, 2009 - 4:00am / Post ID: #

Deported Jailed Missionaries Lds Guyana

It seems like they probably had the wrong type of visas because if their visas were renewable then they would not have a need for deportation.

Post Date: 3rd Sep, 2009 - 1:22pm / Post ID: #

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Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed - Deported

50 US Mormons without permits ordered to leave

Public Relations Director of the Church and Branch President Leslie Sobers earlier yesterday reiterated the information released by Hughes and stated that the church was yet to receive 'specifics" of why their members were detained and have been asked to leave the country. Sobers, who is also an attorney, explained that there is a "perceived number of missionaries from any given church that can be in the country at a time", but that number is currently unknown and is being determined. Ref. Source 5

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3rd Sep, 2009 - 1:28pm / Post ID: #

Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed Deported

The above is a full length report into what happened. Check this:

The ministry said that taking into consideration all the circumstances surrounding the matter and in the interest of a solution a meeting was convened at the Office of the President yesterday at the request of President Bharrat Jagdeo. Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee and two High Representatives of the church were also present, the statement said. The statement said that the church representatives were told that the laws of the land must be respected by all and that there was no intention to deport the 50. "However, in keeping with the Laws of Guyana those fifty (50)  and extension of stay have expired will leave the country voluntarily within one month. Ref. Source 8

In the article it said one of the couples was charged with being on private property without permission. Additionally, the only way missionaries will be allowed back will be if they have their work permits first before landing.

3rd Sep, 2009 - 2:21pm / Post ID: #

Guyana Lds Missionaries Jailed Deported Mormon Doctrine Studies

If what Guyanan authorities said is true (the Church hasn't denied yet) that some missionaries did not possess valid work permits since November 2004, April 2005, April 2007, January 2008 and March 2009 respectively then why church leaders are saying they were there "legally" and they do not know the reason for being detained?

Also what is this about? (from same article):

Stabroek News also understands that an application had also been made to the High Court in relation to this matter for the State to pay more than $150,000 in compensation including costs and whatever else the court deemed necessary. The application included a $50,000 claim for damages and another of the same amount for entering private property with permission or a warrant.

Is there something missing here or something we do not know about?

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