"It is clear now that they were trying to cross the border without papers. It is clear now that some of the children have live parents... And it is clear now that they knew what they were doing was wrong."
-- Haitian Prime Minister Max Bellerive
Karl Penhaul of CNN interviews the 5 women and 5 men, Baptist Missionaries,
who are accused of child trafficking.
The Missionaries are now behind bars in Haiti. Haitian officials have indicated that they believe these Missionairies are kidnappers.
Leli Lauretouse (in orange) is the father of Ceria and Laila. His rescued children
are in a temporary shelter at the SOS Children's Villages in Port-au-Prince.
10 year old Bernedine Paulime's mother Adrienne Paulime
at her home in Callabase, Haiti.
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Haiti judge: Silsby deceived fellow missionaries
Only Laura Silsby remains jailed in Haiti. She faces up to 3 years in prison if convicted. The other missionaries, most also from Idaho, were freed in February and March and allowed to leave Haiti.
Saint-Vil [the Judge] said Silsby's trial, to be heard by a different judge, could begin as early as next week.
Silsby acknowledged to him that she ...broke the law, Saint-Vil said. "She knows she didn't have the legal right to leave the country" because she spent three days after arriving Jan. 25 trying in vain to obtain the necessary documents, he said.
Officials from the Dominican Republic, where Silsby was setting up an orphanage, told her she needed adoption certificates and passports, none of which she obtained for any of the children.
But, the judge added, Silsby told the other missionaries she had all the papers needed to take the children, ages two months to 12 years, into the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.