Haiti prosecutors seeking prison for US missionary Jaclyn Belczyk at 9:23 AM ET
[JURIST] Haitian prosecutors on Thursday requested a six-month prison term for a US missionary accused of illegally trying to remove 33 children from the country in the wake of the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors claimed that Laura Silsby knew she was breaking the law [AP report] when she attempted to take the children into the Dominican Republic. At the opening of her trial Thursday, Silsby testified that she believed all of the children were orphans whose parents were killed in the earthquake. It was later revealed that all but one of the children had at least one living parent. Silsby was originally charged with kidnapping, but that charge was later reduced to irregular travel [JURIST reports], which carries a prison term of six months to three years. A verdict is expected within a few days.
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