Haitian judge explains charges dropped against U.S. missionaries after quake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —The judge who dropped kidnapping charges against Laura Silsby and nine other U.S. missionaries said Tuesday the children were given freely by their parents.

But Silsby, the Baptist group's leader, will be tried on a charge of arranging illegal travel because she knew she had no right to take 33 children out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the judge said.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil told the Associated Press that Silsby, of Meridian, Idaho, deceived missionaries by saying she had the right documents to take the kids to the Dominican Republic.

Silsby, 40, remains jailed in Haiti and faces up to three years in prison if convicted. The other missionaries were freed in February and March.

Saint-Vil said Silsby's trial could begin next week.

Haitian judge explains charges dropped against U.S. missionaries after quake 04/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:03am]

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