April 19, 2010
Haiti Judge: Missionary Charges Stand
Despite earlier reports that a judge in Haiti had dropped charges for nine of the missionaries accused of kidnapping children, Judge Bernard Saint-Vil told the Associated Press that the charges still stand.
Staff members who work in the office of U.S. Sen Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said last week that the charges had been dropped against all but one of the missionaries. The missionaries were arrested and held on child kidnapping charges in late January while taking children to the Dominican Republic. Eight of them were released in February 17 but the leader of the group, Laura Silsby, remains in jail, according to the Baptist Press.
In February, CT interviewed a State Department official who suggested the incident might harm future international adoptions.