8 of 10 Missionaries Released in Haiti, 2 Idahoans Held

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The Haitian authorities have released eight of the Idaho-based missionaries being held there on child abduction charges, but are keeping the two ring leaders for further questioning, according to press reports.

According to the Associated Press:

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil told The Associated Press that the eight were free to leave Wednesday without bail or other conditions.

"The parents of the kids made statements proving that they can be released," he told AP, explaining that the parents had given up their children voluntarily.

Idaho's Congressional delegation released the following statement:

“We are pleased the Haitian court has released eight of the ten arrested without posting bail on the condition they return if needed for questioning. This has been a difficult time for these Idahoans, their families, and friends. We stand ready to assist with any needs that might arise to get them back home as quickly as possible. At this point we do not have any details of their release and return to the United States.

“We urge the Haitian court to quickly resolve the legal issues surrounding Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter. We have asked the State Department to ensure they are treated appropriately, especially considering the medical issues involved, and that they have adequate access to legal representation. We recognize that Haiti is a sovereign country with a judicial process that must be followed. It is our hope the remaining legal questions can be quickly resolved and the two can return home to the United States and Idaho.”

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