Silsby faces trial: Haiti drops charges the other nine Baptists: Updated
Southern Baptist Laura Silsby faces up to three years in Haitian prison if convicted of the remaining charge of “organization of irregular trips” under a 1980 statute. That charge was brought to bear against her in mid-March.
Other charges against her and all charges against the remaining nine Baptists have been dropped by Judge Bernard Saint-Vil, according to the Associated Press.
According to MSNBC, Judge Saint-Vil concluded that Silsby “knew she had no right to take the 33 children out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti” and she deceived the other nine by telling them she had the documents required to take the children out of Haiti.
The initial charges resulted from their attempt to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Silsby faces trial as a result of evidence of a Jan. 26 attempt by her to bus child earthquake survivors to the Dominican Republic.
The Haitian law under which Silsby is charged restricts travel out of Haiti and was signed in 1980 by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. It carries a penalty of 3-6 years.
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