Israel Expected to Deport Accused British Jewish Pedophile

Todros Grynhaus was arrested in Jerusalem in February after fleeing Britain, where he'd been charged with sexual assaults on seven children.

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An accused British Jewish serial pedophile who jumped bail and sought refuge in Israel is expected to be deported back to Britain soon to face trial, the Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

Central District Judge Dana Marshak-Marom stated over the Passover holiday that Todros Grynhaus' "failed efforts" to be returned to Britain had strengthened Israel's legal power to deport foreign criminals expeditiously.

After Grynhaus was charged in Britain last year with seven sexual assaults on children, he escaped the country on a false passport. Following an international manhunt, he was arrested in Jerusalem in February, and his case has been tied up in Israeli courts since then.

Marshak-Marom is expected to grant him one final appeal before ruling on his deportation. If and when he is returned to Britain, he will face trial in a Manchester court.

Grynhaus has sought in court to avoid deportation by forcing Israeli authorities to go through the lengthy, arduous process of extraditing him. But this effort seems to have failed.

Grynhaus also sought Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, but the Supreme Court ruled against him.

Without such [legal] interpretation it would encourage criminals from across the world to use Israel as a place of refuge as [Grynhaus] has attempted to do, Marshak-Marom said.

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