Eight missionaries freed in Haiti arrive back in U.S.

McClatchy NewspapersFebruary 17, 2010 

Eight of the 10 U.S. missionairies who were accused of child kidnapping in Haiti were released Wednesday by a Haitian judge.

The judge said the eight could return to the United States without posting bail as long as they agreed to return to Haiti for any more questions.

The two missionairies the judge said would not be released were Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter.

The eight former detainees boarded a U.S. military plane Wednesday in Port-au-Prince and landed just after midnight today in Miami and were taken to customs.

They were detained Jan. 29 while trying to take 33 orphans to the Dominican Republic without proper documentation. At that time aid officials were urging a halt to short-cut adoptions after the earthquake.

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said the U.S. State Department was working to handle necessary paperwork so the group could get through customs. Under normal circumstances, the Americans would be responsible for their own flights after being released from a Haitian jail.

Read the full story at idahostatesman.com

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service