Eliezer Berland released from detention following murder investigation

Authorities arrested Tzuker last month, suspecting that the hasidic sect Shuvu Banim, led by Berland, was involved in the crimes.

 Rabbi Eliezer Berland covered with a prayer shawl arrives for a court hearing arrives for a police investigation at a police station in Jerusalem, November 2, 2021 (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
Rabbi Eliezer Berland covered with a prayer shawl arrives for a court hearing arrives for a police investigation at a police station in Jerusalem, November 2, 2021
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

Disgraced Haredi leader Eliezer Berland decided to withdraw his request for early release from prison so he would continue to serve the remaining four months, according to Ynet

Berland's son-in-law, former mayor Tzvika Tzuker and the suspects in the murder of Nissim Sheetrit, however, have been released after a long detention period during an investigation into a 30-year-old murder case, Israeli media reported Thursday. 

While Tzuker and the other suspects will be released to house arrest, Berland is expected to be returned to prison where he is already serving time for fraud and sexual misconduct.

Additionally, the Jerusalem District Attorney's office is expected to submit an indictment on Thursday against Baruch Sharvit, one of Berland's followers, for the murder of Sheetrut, then 17, that occurred in Jerusalem in 1986. 

Authorities arrested Tzuker last month, suspecting that the hasidic sect Shuvu Banim, led by Berland, was involved in the crimes.

Berland's detention had been extended after he linked himself to the murders and disappearances that took place more than 30 years ago.

Rabbi Eliezer Berland and Rabbi Ofer Erez (credit: Wikimedia Commons)Rabbi Eliezer Berland and Rabbi Ofer Erez (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Berland was also convicted for extortion, attempted intimidation, tax offenses and money laundering.