Eight American missionaries flew out of Haiti on Wednesday and are now back on US soil after a judge ordered them freed. Two of their colleagues remain in detention for further questioning.
The judge found no evidence of criminal intent among the 8 who were freed. But he ordered group leader Laura Silsby and another woman, Charisa Coulter, held for further questioning about their previous trips to Haiti.
The 10 Americans, most of whom are members of a Baptist church in Idaho, were arrested last month on charges that they tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without proper documentation after the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti.