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Haiti tosses kidnapping charges against Americans

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A Haitian judge said Monday he has dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said Laura Silsby, the last of the 10 missionaries jailed in Haiti, still faced a lesser charge for allegedly organizing the effort to transport the 33 children to an orphanage they were setting up in the Dominican Republic.

Silsby faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Silsby declined to comment from her jail cell.

The judge said the charge of organizing the trip was also pending against Jean Sainvil, a Haitian-born pastor from Atlanta who also helped organize the venture. Sainvil did not respond to a message left on his voicemail. The judge did not explain the reasons for his decisions.

Haiti tosses kidnapping charges against Americans 04/26/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 26, 2010 11:54pm]

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