PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--A judge in Haiti says eight of the 10 American missions volunteers who have been detained in the country will be freed today.
Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said two volunteers will not be freed. Laura Silsby, the group's leader, and Charisa Coulter are being kept for further investigation on charges leveled against the group for allegedly attempting to transport 33 Haitian children without proper documentation into the Dominican Republic to an orphanage Silsby was founding.
CNN reported earlier in the day that Coulter, who is diabetic, was taken to a field hospital "in a lot of pain." Friends and family members of the detainees had expressed concern about the volunteers' access to health care since their arrest Jan. 29.
Saint-Vil said the eight released volunteers will be allowed to return to the United States without posting bail after their three-week detention. He added that the investigation is continuing and the Americans would have to return to Haiti if they are called back.
There were no reports about arrangements for the released detainees to travel back to the United States as of late afternoon Feb. 17. Read More