U.S. Pastor Held in Haitian Jail without Charges

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An American pastor who has been held in a Haitian jail by local authorities since October says no reason has been given for his detainment.

Danny Pye, 29, was taken into custody five months ago over a property dispute.

The dispute began when Pye was dismissed from Joy in Hope - a ministry he and his wife helped launch in Jacmel, Haiti in 2004 - after he another couple became locked in a struggle for control of the organization.

Upon his departure, Pye took five trucks and several motorcycles that were registered in his name but purchased with ministry funds. The parties went to court over the matter, and Pye agreed to sign the vehicles over along with 17 acres of oceanfront land near Jacmel.
    
Believing the matter to be resolved, Pye and his wife Leanne were surprised when he was taken into custody on Oct. 13, 2010.

"I have not been charged with anything. There is no reason. There is no explanation," he said. 

Each week of the pastor's detainment he has been told he would be freed "next week."

"I've been told it was supposed to happen pretty much every week for the last five months," Pye told The Associated Press during a brief talk at his cell.

Meanwhile, Haitian authorities have said little about the case, and  no court date has been set.
    
Leanne Pye has since returned to their Bradenton, Fla. home. She's expected to give birth to the couple's son in March.

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