Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ostreicher has escaped from Bolivia and is in U.S.

NY Times   In an odd twist to a serpentine tale, two discrete stories emerged on Tuesday about how a Brooklyn businessman who was jailed in a squalid prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for 18 months, then placed under house arrest, managed to escape and make his way to the United States. 

At a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, Justice Minister Cecilia Ayllón described a remarkably lax house-arrest arrangement with little supervision and suggested that the businessman, Jacob Ostreicher, had been gradually testing the boundaries of his confinement, including trips to La Paz, until he simply slipped away “clandestinely.” 

“We now see that the only purpose of all of this was so that in a given moment he could flee the country,” Ms. Ayllón said. 

Mr. Ostreicher, who is in his mid-50s, went to Bolivia several years ago to manage a rice-farming enterprise he had invested in. He ended up being accused by the Bolivian authorities of laundering drug money, a charge he denies. Prosecutors never formally charged him, but in June 2011 he was jailed in Palmasola prison, a notorious complex with 3,500 prisoners that is ruled internally by an inmates’ committee. Mr. Ostreicher claimed that he was assaulted and humiliated until he paid off functionaries of the committee.[...]

1 comment :

  1. Bolivia is one big house of criminal activity. It is the modern day Sodom. They persecute and plunder innocent people for their own cruel gain.

    May G-d punish the evil ones there with pain and suffering for all the evil doers and their families that support them.


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