The trial of Elior Chen, the self-styled rabbi who allegedly influenced followers to abuse their children in order to "correct their corrupt souls" and was indicted on eight counts of abusing and assaulting minors by the Jerusalem District Court last month, will begin in February.
Ariel Atari, Chen's lawyer, requested that judge Yoram Noam postpone the commencement of the trial in order to allow the defense sufficient time to study the case. The judge acquiesced.
Chen was extradited from Brazil in October, to where he had fled after a horrifying affair of child abuse was reported in a haredi family in Jerusalem.
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