Report: Haiti Judge Will Free Americans

Baptist missionaries being held on kidnapping charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 5:51 PM CST
In this file photo, Laura Silsby, 40, center, and Charisa Coulter, 24, left, both of Meridian, Idaho, are escorted out of a court building in Port-au-Prince on Feb. 4.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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(Newser) – A judge in Haiti has decided to release the 10 Americans being held on kidnapping charges, a judicial source tells Reuters. The Americans, accused of trying to spirit 33 Haitian children out of the country after the earthquake, could go free as early as tomorrow. They've been in jail since being nabbed at the border with the kids on Jan. 29.

"One thing an investigating judge seeks in a criminal investigation is criminal intentions on the part of the people involved, and there is nothing that shows that criminal intention on the part of the Americans," the source said.

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