Haiti judge not ready to release 2 US missionaries

Published March 2, 2010 10:33PM (EST)

Two Americans still jailed on kidnapping charges in Haiti will have to wait for their freedom. The judge says he is not ready to release his decision after holding a final hearing.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil tells The Associated Press he is consulting with prosecutors on the charges against Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter.

Saint-Vil had said earlier he would probably order their release after Tuesday's hearing. He declines to explain the delay.

The two missionaries seemed in good spirits before they were taken back to jail. They were visited by U.S. Embassy personnel.

Saint-Vil previously freed eight other Americans detained with the pair for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without proper papers.

By Associated Press

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