Zimbabwe questions Rabbi Berland in sex case

April 9, 2014 04:08

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, a leader of the Breslov Hassidic community wanted in Israel on suspicion of sexual molestation, was questioned on Tuesday by police in Zimbabwe where he currently resides.

Berland, who heads the Shuvu Banim Breslov community in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood, fled Israel some 18 months ago after being accused of sexual abuse.

After several stops, he took up residence in Morocco but was expelled after a seven month stay by King Mohammed VI in light of the accusations against him, after which he sought refuge in Zimbabwe with a group of his followers.

The Hebrew daily Ma’ariv reported that Berland was brought in for questioning by Zimbabwe’s immigration authorities on Tuesday morning and was released a short time after.

The rabbi recently hired attorneys in Israel due to the possibility that he might be forced to return.

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