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The lawyer of suspected child-abusing cult leader Elior Chen claimed Thursday that his client should not stand trial since the indictment was inconsistent with the extradition request.
In a remand extension hearing, the lawyer, Arie Atari, said many of accusations in the indictment did not appear in the extradition request according to which Chen was flown back from Brazil and that the state had therefore violated the extradition agreement.
Atari also accused the Israel Police conducted a anti-Semitic smear campaign in Brazil in order to catch Chen, a campaign that the lawyer clamed was damaging to the local Jewish community.
Chen, the self-styled rabbi who allegedly influenced followers to abuse their children in order to "correct their corrupt souls," was indicted in November on eight counts of abusing and assaulting minors
In Thursday's hearing at the Jerusalem District Court, Judge Moshe Sobel ordered Chen to remain in custody and gave the state 10 days to respond to the lawyer's claims.
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