Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (December 17, 2010)—American aid volunteer Paul Waggoner, who is being held in Haiti’s National Penitentiary on kidnapping charges, had contact with a Haitian police officer today. The officer, who has been supportive of MMRC’s efforts in the past, reports that Waggoner is exhausted but safe for the time being. He is currently sharing a cell with two other prisoners, one American and one Haitian. MMRC Global, the nonprofit corporation that Waggoner co-founded with Paul Sebring, has received notification that the two other prisoners soon will be transferred, allowing Waggoner a private cell. MMRC representatives in Haiti will not be permitted to visit him but will be allowed to provide him with food and water while he is incarcerated. Communication with Waggoner will be through written letters only.
Furthermore, Waggoner has new Haitian legal counsel: Louis Gary Lissade.
“We are extremely relieved to hear that Paul is safe and that he will be able to receive food and water,” MMRC spokesperson Nanci Murdock said. “We are confident in our new legal counsel and continue to work toward this matter’s timely resolution. We remain adamant that Paul is innocent and must be released without delay.”