PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP)--The Haitian judge overseeing the case of 10 U.S. Baptist volunteers accused of kidnapping 33 children says he will recommend that they be released,
although his order apparently will be provisional and the group -- all still in jail -- won't be allowed to leave the country just yet.
The Associated Press and The New York Times both reported Thursday that Judge Bernard Saint-Vil will recommend to the prosecutor that the 10 volunteers be released but be required to remain in the country while the investigation continues and until a final decision is made in their case. The prosecutor can then agree or object to the recommendation, although in Haiti's judicial system the same judge still makes the final ruling.
"After listening to the families, I see the possibility that they can all be released," Saint-Vil told the Associated Press. "I am recommending that all 10 Americans be released."
It is not known when a ruling on the actual charges will be made. Read More