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Silsby to face trial in Haiti; charges dropped against 9 other volunteerscomment (0)

May 6, 2010


A Haitian judge dropped kidnapping and criminal association charges against jailed Baptist volunteer Laura Silsby and nine others April 26 but ordered Silsby to face trial on another charge, meaning she will remain in prison.

CNN reported that Judge Bernard Saint-Vil ordered Silsby to face trial on an “arranging irregular travel” charge, which carries a sentence for those convicted of six months to three years in prison.

But CNN said Saint-Vil dropped all charges against the other nine volunteers, all of whom were previously released and allowed to fly back to the United States with charges still pending.

The 10 Baptists were arrested Jan. 30 because they allegedly did not have the proper documents to cross the border and take 33 children to an orphanage being set up in the Dominican Republic.

The Baptists say they had the documents Haiti officials told them to have.

Saving children orphaned by the earthquake, they said, was their goal.

More than 100 people — including some from the group of 10 — rallied on the steps of the Idaho state capital April 24 in support of Silsby. Much of the rally was spent in prayer for her. (BP)

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