Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Fugitive Israeli Rabbi Eliezar Berland, head of the Shuvu Banim Hassidic sect, has been arrested in Zimbabwe
The rabbi was later released but faces deportation from the African country due to an expired visa. Berland fled Israel some 18 months ago after being accused of committing indecent acts against several female followers, some of whom were minors at the time of the abuse. He spent time in the United States, Italy, Switzerland and Morocco before arriving in Zimbabwe two months ago. Shortly after he fled Israel, his son, grandson and several other followers were arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering involving the sect's finances.