Orthodox outrage over Bolivia jailing

May 10, 2012

Hundreds of members of New York's strictly Orthodox community gathered last week to highlight the plight of an Orthodox businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge. A crowd including Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Orthodox musician Lipa Schmeltzer demonstrated outside the Bolivian mission to the UN and called on US authorities to press for his release. Jacob Ostreicher was accused of using his rice farming business as a front for the drugs trade. Mr Ostreicher, who has described his situation as "the scam of the century", has been in jail for over a year.

Last updated: 4:22pm, May 10 2012