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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.

As we reported earlier, Silsby was warned repeatedly prior to the arrests that her plan was illegal and would be regarded as child trafficking.

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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April 27, 2010 - Posted by | Religion, SBC | ,

2 Comments

  1. HAITI’S LAW WHICH SHE IS TO BE TRIED ON RELATES TO HUMAN TRAFFICING.
    YOU SHOULD DEFINE IT AS SUCH.
    I AM BAPTIST AND I AM VERY DISSAPOINTED THAT THE CHURCH AND ALL INVOLVED IS NOT WILLING TO APOLOGIZE.
    NO ONE GOES INTO ANY COUNTRY MUCH LESS YOUR OWN TOWN AND JUST PICK UP CHILDREN AND TAKE THEM TO ANOTHER COUNTRY OR EVEN ANOITHER TOWN. AS FAR AS THAT GOES NO ONE GOES TO YOUR TOWN AND PICK UP YOUR CHILD WHEATHER YOU ARE DEAD OR ALIVE.
    PLEAS TRY TO SEE THE WRONG THEY DID EVEN THOUGH THEIR INTENTIONS WERE GOOD.
    THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.

    Comment by FRANK | April 27, 2010

  2. Too many people running for cover like that “pastor” in Atlanta. We’ll probably learn more about their good intentions if the trial is public as this operation was in place before the quake.

    Comment by jack | April 28, 2010


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