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'Kidnap' case missionaries back in US

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'Kidnap' case missionaries back in US


Eight of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti accused of child kidnapping have arrived back in the US after a judge in Port au Prince ordered their release.

The eight freed charity workers were allowed home after being cleared of having any criminal intent.

The leader of the group, Laura Silsby, and another woman, Charisa Coulter, are being held for further questioning over previous trips to Haiti.

Silsby and the other members of the Idaho-based children’s charity have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Haiti’s president insists the investigation is legitimate. “The judicial system is totally independent.”

The accused say they were only trying to help orphans left destitute by the magnitude seven earthquake that struck Haiti last month, killing more than 200,000 people.

But they had no identity or exit papers for the children, many of whom, it transpired, still had living parents. They had reportedly had handed them over in the belief they would have a better life in America.

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