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Idaho Delegation Reacts to News that Most of the Americans Held in Haiti Have Been Released


Location: Washington, DC

The Idaho Congressional delegation released the following statement upon the news that eight of the ten American detainees in Haiti have been released. Eight of the ten held were from Idaho, including the two who remain detained in Haiti.

"We are pleased the Haitian court has released eight of the ten arrested without posting bail on the condition they return if needed for questioning. This has been a difficult time for these Idahoans, their families, and friends. We stand ready to assist with any needs that might arise to get them back home as quickly as possible. At this point we do not have any details of their release and return to the United States.

"We urge the Haitian court to quickly resolve the legal issues surrounding Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter. We have asked the State Department to ensure they are treated appropriately, especially considering the medical issues involved, and that they have adequate access to legal representation. We recognize that Haiti is a sovereign country with a judicial process that must be followed. It is our hope the remaining legal questions can be quickly resolved and the two can return home to the United States and Idaho."

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