Former Fugitive Rabbi Berland to Be Released From Israeli Jail Today

Eliezer Berland was convicted of sexual assault and prosecutors have decided not to appeal a decision granting him early release after five months.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted for sex crimes in Israel, appears before the Randburg magistrate's court, South Africa, April 20, 2016.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted for sex crimes in Israel, appears before the Randburg magistrate's court, South Africa, April 20, 2016.Credit: Ilan Ossendryver, SA Jewish Report
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Bratslav Hasidic Rabbi Eliezer Berland will be released from jail Thursday in accordance with the ruling of Israel's parole board on March 6 after serving five months.

His release comes after the State Prosecutor's Office said they had decided not to file an appeal against the ruling.

The warden of Nitzan prison will sign his release forms Thursday and Prison Service guards will leave the hospital ward where Berland is a patient.

Berland was convicted of sexual assault last November after spending years abroad as a fugitive and finally being arrested in South Africa. He was then extradited to Israel and sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court in a plea bargain.

On Tuesday, Israel's parole board ordered his release, shortening his sentence from 18 months to one year.

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