Dutch court to decide today if orthodox rabbi should stay in jail

A Dutch court will decide on Monday if a 77-year-old orthodox rabbi should be remanded in custody pending an extradition request from Israel, Trouw reports.

Eliezer Berland was arrested at Schiphol airport in September but released from custody the next day. The public prosecution department says he should be kept under lock and key while the courts consider the extradition request.

Berland is suspected of sexually abusing and raping a number of young women. The claims first emerged in 2012 and since then the rabbi has managed to keep out of Israel hands, spending time in the US, Switzerland, Moroco, Zimbabwe and South Africa.


This weekend, some 300 of his supporters flocked from all over the world to the Wadden Sea island of Texel, where the rabbi was staying on a holiday park run by local convert Avraham Pranger to celebrate Yom Kippur.

Some 30 guests had been expected. Local officials are said by Trouw to be furious that so many people turned up and that no extra sanitary provisions had been laid on.

Pranger himself was in a panic, Trouw says, and was given until Sunday afternoon to clear the ground.

Where Berland now is is unclear, the AD reported. He was forced to surrender his passport as one of the conditions of his release from jail.

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