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Lawyer: Charges dropped against 9 missionaries

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ An attorney says Haiti has dropped
kidnapping charges against nine of 10 U.S. missionaries arrested
taking a busload of children out of the quake-ravaged country.

The group's leader, Laura Silsby of Boise, Idaho, remains jailed
in Haiti. The other nine were released in February and early March
and allowed to leave the country.

Caleb Stegall, an attorney for three of them, told The
Associated Press that a senior State Department official informed
him that the charges were dropped.

The AP was not immediately able to reach the presiding judge for
confirmation.

The Baptist missionaries were halted at the border of the
Dominican Republic on Jan. 30 trying to take 33 children to an
orphanage they were setting up in the neighboring country.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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