Fugitive Israeli rabbi arrested in Amsterdam

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September 11, 2014 17:36

 
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Rabbi and international fugitive Eliezer Berland, 77, was arrested in Amsterdam on Thursday, ending a two year saga that saw him hop across continents in an attempt to avoid capture and extradition to Israel.

Berland, a member of an offshoot of the Breslov Hassidic sect, left Israel to avoid arrest after several women, including a 15-year-old girl, complained of being sexually abused. His travels took him Miami, Zurich, Morocco and Zimbabwe and South Africa, all the while accompanied by a small coterie of dedicated followers.

After evading capture by South African police, Berland traveled to Holland, where he was arrested at the airport. An international arrest warrant was issued against him, according to reports, and he is expected to be extradited to Israel.

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