Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Haiti judge to free some detained US missionaries

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FILE - In this photo taken Feb. 8, 2010, Jorge Puello, left, a Dominican legal

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A Haitian judge says some of the 10 U.S. missionaries arrested on charges of child kidnapping will be released.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil has not said which will be freed Wednesday.

He says the Americans will be allowed to return to the United States without posting bail but would have to return if called back.

Saint-Vil says the investigation is continuing.

The Idaho-based group is accused of trying to take 33 Haitian children out of the quake-stricken country.

They say they were on a humanitarian mission and have denied accusations of trafficking.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

U.S. Marshals say they are hunting for Jorge Puello, who was already being pursued by authorities in the Dominican Republic on an Interpol warrant out of El Salvador, where police say he led a ring that lured young women and girls into prostitution. He also had an outstanding warrant for a U.S. parole violation.

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