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A man wanted on charges of pedophilia, and who also refused to give his wife a
bill of divorce and subsequently fled the country, was deported from the US back
to Israel on Friday.
Two years ago the husband, a haredi man from Bnei
Brak, was indicted on charges of sexual misdemeanors with two members, both
minors, of his family.
His wife filed for divorce, which he refused to
grant, and owing to the indictment against him fled Israel, and went into hiding
in New York.
A rabbinical court had already issued an order preventing
him from leaving the country, because of his refusal to give his wife a divorce,
but the man used his brother’s passport to board a flight out of
His wife became what is known as an agunah – a woman whose
husband disappeared and is therefore unable to receive a bill of divorce, as
required by Jewish law, and re-marry.
About a year ago, in order to have
him extradited back to Israel and to help the woman, the rabbinical court system
hired a private investigator to track the man down, and once he was located
entered into negotiations with the US authorities.
He was extradited back
to the country owing to the charges of sexual misdemeanor.
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the agunot department in the rabbinical court system Rabbi Eliyahu Maimon, who
worked on the case, said that the extradition of the husband was good
“Every incident of agunot is a tragedy and we do everything
possible, within the law, to assist them and return them to normality,” he told
The Jerusalem Post
Maimon added that there are approximately 120 cases
of agunot in Israel, at present.
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