Dominican Republic allows US extradition of missionaries' lawyer
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Supreme Court has ruled that a man who acted as an attorney for American missionaries accused of taking children out of Haiti can be extradited to the U.S. in an illegal immigrant smuggling case.


Jorge Puello attracted international attention in February when he served as the spokesman for 10 Baptists, mostly from Idaho, who were detained in Haiti on child kidnapping charges after the earthquake.

He was later identified as a man wanted in El Salvador and the U.S. He's wanted in Vermont for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants through Canada.

In El Salvador, he's accused of sexual exploitation of minors and human trafficking.

Puello's attorney says he plans to fight the extradition order.


Read also earlier article: Was Jorge Puello part of a trafficking network working out of Haiti?

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