Crime

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces pimping inquiry in France

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

Judges have confirmed that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will face a pimping inquiry, despite an appeal from the former presidential candidate’s legal team on Wednesday morning.

Mr Strauss-Kahn and four other men are accused of knowing fraudulently obtained money was being paid to the vice girls by a prostitution racket based in Lille, northern France, according to the Telegraph.

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Bomb threat to LA synagogue

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

A Los Angeles Reform synagogue has been closed while police investigate a series of bomb threats.

A suspicious package, discovered adjacent to Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Monday, was blown up by the LA Police Department (LAPD). The package was not found to contain any explosives.

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Jacob Ostreicher released from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

The Orthodox American businessman who has spent the last 18 months in a Bolivian jail without charge has been released on bail.

Grandfather Jacob Ostreicher, who was accused of allowing his rice farming business to be used as a front for money-laundering for the drugs trade, was ordered to pay more than £8000 in bail money and will remain under house arrest.

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El Al bomber Hindawi loses parole bid

By James Brewster, December 17, 2012

A convicted terrorist who has served 26 years in prison for trying to blow up an Israeli airliner has lost his latest High Court bid for parole.

Lawyers for Nezar Hindawi, 57, argued he no longer poses a security threat anywhere in the world and could safely be released on licence.

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The youngest victim of Sandy Hook: Jewish Noah Pozner, 6

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

The youngest of the 20 children killed in the worst school shooting in US history in Connecticut on Friday was Noah Pozner.

Noah, a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was shot 11 times. His twin sister also attends the school but survived the attack in which 26 died.

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Avigdor Lieberman: ‘I do not have to resign’

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is no need for him to resign over his indictment for breach of trust.

Most of the charges made against the foreign minister have been dropped by the attorney general. Mr Lieberman was accused of money laundering, fraud and breach of trust, in incidents alleged to have involved hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Board of Deputies man accused of raping refugees

By Dan Goldberg, December 13, 2012

A prominent Jewish lawyer and refugee advocate will face court in Sydney next month on multiple charges of sexually assaulting four men.

David Bitel, 60, a former member of the executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, was arrested last week and charged with seven offences, including rape and indecent assault on four of his male clients.

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Cuts could cause police to set up services in synagogues

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2012

If you are the victim of crime, you might one day have to go to your synagogue to report it.

The Metropolitan Police, forced to make cuts, is proposing to close public counters in many stations and set up reporting desks elsewhere, which could include community centres and places of worship.

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Pentonville prisoners lead exhibition on life of Anne Frank

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Prisoners guided fellow inmates and staff of Pentonville prison around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank last week, as part of a project that aims to challenge prejudice and racial hatred.

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Chasidic counsellor guilty of sexual abuse of young girl

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

A Satmar counsellor has been found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl in a case that has caused outrage in his Brooklyn community.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, was found guilty on Monday of a three-year-long abuse of a girl, which began when she was 12 years old. The girl had been sent to him for religious counselling because she was deemed “rebellious” by her Orthodox school.

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