Photo courtesy of Israel Police
'Rabbi' Elior Chen
Photo courtesy of Israel Police

'Abusive rabbi' to be extradited to Israel

Brazil approves extradition of sadistic cult leader suspected of numerous counts of child abuse. Brazilian Foreign Ministry source says Elior Chen to be handed over to Israel on October 27

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has signed an agreement securing the extradition of 'Rabbi' Elior Chen to Israel, Ynet learned Thursday.


A source in Brazil's Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday night that Chen would be extradited to Israel in about a week and a half. According to the source, a team of two Israelis will pick up the "abusive rabbi" from the capital of Brasilia on October 27. A source in the Israeli Embassy confirmed this date.


A law enforcement official involved in the case told Ynet, "If nothing unexpected happens Chen is expected to land in Israel in the next 2-3 weeks." He said an Israeli team would go to Brazil to pick Chen up.


Chen has been trying to evade his extradition for two weeks, and filed various appeals to Brazilian courts to this effect. The State Prosecutor's Office's international department fought against these appeals, eventually securing the extradition.


In July Brazilian authorities announced Chen's appeal for refugee status had been denied, thus bolstering a Supreme Court order to extradite the faux rabbi.


Chen is wanted in Israel for his involvement in a sadistic cult thought to have committed numerous counts of child abuse. He fled Israel when an investigation was launched against him and was detained in Sao Paolo two months later.


The Associated Press contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 10.15.09, 20:07
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