Haiti Judge Likely to Release Americans

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The last two Americans detained in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the country may soon be coming home.

A Haitian judge says after a hearing today he'll likely order the release of Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter.

The two women and eight other missionaries, most from an Idaho
church group, were charged with kidnapping for trying to remove the children without proper documents to the Dominican Republic in the post-quake chaos. They said they were setting up an orphanage in the neighboring country.

Last month, the judge ordered eight of the Americans released
after nearly three weeks of detention. Silsby and Coulter were held for additional questioning.

The judge (Bernard Saint-Vil) tells The Associated Press he expects to resolve the case after today's hearing. He says he'll take testimony from people who were helping set up the orphanage.


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