Sunday, December 09, 2012

Jacob Ostreicher Gives Lengthy Interview From Hospital

Chasidic Jacob Ostreicher, 53, was born and raised in Brooklyn. In December, 2010, he invested in land in Bolivia and managed a rice business there until he was arrested on June 3, 2011 by Bolivian officials. Separated from his family, Ostreicher began a hunger strike in April to bring attention to the violation of his human rights. His hearings have been delayed more than a dozen times.

Under Bolivian law, a person can be held 18 months without charges, a time frame which expired this week. The government has produced no evidence Ostreicher has committed any crime in that time, and has denied him bail. Last week Bolivian media and the Associated Press reported that seven people have been arrested in a corruption investigation into the case, including the legal adviser of the Ministry of Government, 2 weeks ago Ostreicher was sent to the clinic, where he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Click here for ABC News Nightline report from inside the Bolivian prison


Anonymous said...

This is terrible :-(

Anonymous said...

There are rumors he is coming home soon