Haitian Judge Frees 8 of 10 Americans in Child-Kidnapping Case
Today a judge freed eight of the 10 American missionaries being held in Haiti in a child-kidnapping case in which they were accused of trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-ravaged country without proper paperwork.
Still being held are Charisa Coulter and group leader Laura Silsby as an investigation continues, said Judge Bernard Sainvil. However, it’s not clear whether they still are facing child abduction and criminal conspiracy charges, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Attorney Aviol Fleurant is representing the missionaries, most of whom are Baptists from Idaho, the article continues. He told Agence France-Presse that “the judge wants to question two of my clients because they were in Haiti before the earthquake.”
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