Dominican lawyer for Americans in Haiti has no license – The Dominican man giving legal advice to 10 Americans detained in Haiti on child-kidnapping charges has no license to practice law in the Dominican Republic, an official said. 


Jorge Puello operates a consulting and law practice in Santo Domingo. He has been spokesman for the American Baptists charged with child kidnapping after they tried to take 33 children out of the country without authorization.

Jose Parra is vice president of the Dominican Lawyers Association. He says Puello has no license to practice.

Puello declined comment Friday. He said he would be busy in court helping a U.S. firm set up a business in the Dominican Republic.


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Dominican lawyer for Haiti missionaries could be trafficker according to police

El Salvador police are investigating whether a man representing 10 Americans charged with kidnapping in Haiti is the same person wanted for human trafficking in the Central American nation, police said.

El Salvador police said in a statement they are working to determine if Jorge Torres Orellana could be Jorge Anibal Torres Puello, who has been presented as a Dominican lawyer for the Americans. They re-opened the case after photos of Mr Puello emerged in international media and police are now comparing them with pictures in their records.

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"For the moment, we cannot confirm that it is the same person until we finish analysing fingerprints," the statement said. The statement added that they were working with Interpol on the case.

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A Haitian judge says he has ruled in favour of the release of the missionaries.

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