Chile eases restrictions on Israeli fire suspect

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
January 18, 2012 16:54

A Chilean court on Tuesday eased the travel restrictions on Rotem Singer, the Israeli backpacker suspected of starting a massive brushfire in the south of the country last month.

A panel of judges overruled a previous decision that prohibited Singer from leaving Patagonia until the end of the legal procedures against him.

Rabbi Menashe Permann, a Chabad emissary in the country, has agreed to take Singer in and help him find accommodation in Santiago, the capital.

The 23-year-old backpacker is expected to stay there pending the completion of his court hearings.

Last month Singer was accused of inadvertently starting a brushfire which consumed thousands of acres of natural forests in a nature reserve in the south of Chile.


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