Crime

Congress members visit businessman jailed in Bolivia

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

The American businessman jailed in Bolivia without charge was visited by two members of the US Congress last week.

Congress members Chris Smith and Nydia Velazquez sought to secure the release of grandfather Jacob Ostreicher, who has been in jail for 18 months and denies all allegations against him.

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Police roadshow for stolen property

By Anna Sheinman, December 7, 2012

Do you recognise these stolen goods?

These items and many others have been recovered by police and are thought to have been taken from properties in the NW2, NW11 and NW4 areas between January 2011 and July 2012.

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Australian teacher faces child abuse charges

By JC Reporter, December 6, 2012

A former teacher at an Orthodox Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne has been extradited from America to face child sex abuse charges.

David Kramer, 52, was surrendered by US authorities late last week, arrested and charged with 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecent acts with a child under the age of 16.

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Brooklyn counsellor ‘forced sex acts on girl’

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

A prominent figure on the modesty committee of Brooklyn’s Chasidic Satmar community is standing trial accused of 88 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl, which included forcing her to watch and re-enact pornography.

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Beth Din trying Rabbi Chaim Halpern is ‘planning a whitewash’

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

After weeks of silence, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has announced that it will convene a special rabbinic court to hear claims against one of its rabbis of inappropriate behaviour with women.

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Alleged rape victim of Brooklyn counsellor had to ‘re-enact pornography’

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The alleged teenage rape victim of a Satmar Chasidic community leader in Brooklyn, New York, testified on Friday that she was forced to watch pornography and then re-enact the sex acts, the New York Daily News has reported.

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Iranian woman ‘chopped in half’

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

A 57-year-old Iranian Jewish woman was murdered and her body reportedly cut in half in Isfahan, Israel Radio has reported.

The report stated that according to her relatives, the woman, named only as Tuba N, lived near a mosque, and its members "had demanded that she and her family leave their home so the mosque could be expanded."

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Gaza knifeman killed by IDF after he stabbed a woman in her home

By Ben Hartman, November 29, 2012

A series of security failures helped a Gaza man to infiltrate Israel, where he stabbed a woman at her home in Sde Avraham on Monday.

The attacker cut through the electric Gaza border fence, then the Eshkol region fence. He walked several kilometres undetected before finally cutting the fence at Sde Avraham.

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Brooklyn counsellor accused of sexual assault on a minor

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A strictly-Orthodox Brooklyn counsellor is standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court charged with 88 counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, has been accused of forcing a girl of only 12 to perform oral sex on him when she was sent to him for counselling for being rebellious.

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Multiple sex offence trial rocks Australia

By Dan Goldberg, November 23, 2012

Another major Jewish organisation in Australia is embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal, adding to the trauma triggered by recent revelations of similar cases involving students at a Chabad and Adass Israel school.

The name of the organisation, the defendant and the alleged victims cannot be revealed due to a court suppression order.

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