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Last of the Missionaries from Haiti is sent home….’Time served’…

Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served.

[ Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served. ]

In a story largely forgotten by the American media and public….

The last of the group of missionaries that sought to take 33 children from Haiti  for adoption without the required legal documentation  was released from prison in Haiti…

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the action was the last to leave the country for Florida……

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport.

“I’m praising God,” Silsby told The Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti. She declined to answer further questions before clearing immigration and heading through a gate to catch a plane to Florida.

The Idaho businesswoman had been in custody since Jan. 29. She was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal association, but those charges were dropped for her and the nine other Americans who were previously released. Silsby she was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a 1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti signed by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Prosecutor Jean-Serge Joseph said she was convicted and sentenced to the 3 months and 8 days she spent behind bars. Last week, the prosecution had recommended a six-month sentence and she faced a maximum of three years on the charge.

“She is free,” Joseph said.

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May 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , ,

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