These are excerpts from the latest Mondrowitz court appearance:
Moaz [Mondrowitz's lawyer]: In addition to the electronic bracelet, there is Meir Zilberstein, the main rabbi of the Ger hasidim in Jerusalem. In tow with him is Yaakov Kaminsky, [Rabbi Zilberstein's nephew and a lawyer]. Rabbi Zilberstein will commit to taking responsibility for this respondent for the duration of our dealing with this issue. Rav Zilberstein is a major gadol, recognized in his community, and is the respondent's rabbi. Together with his being supervised 24 hours and an electronic bracelet, is this not sufficient as an alternative to incarceration? We are almost three decades after these allegations. Also, even when he knew they were looking for him in '86 he basically consulted with his attorney for the duration and did not ever attempt to disappear. So, therefore I am saying that even though he knew he was wanted, he has proven by his actions that he didn't disappear for 20 years. I would refer to the points I just made. Even Kaminisky will be willing to watch the respondent for 24 hours a day.
Kaminsky [Rabbi Zilberstein's nephew and a lawyer]: I am ready. I am sure. I have family and I am still willing to do this. I am prepared for the supervision to be at my house. I have small children. I understand what is written in this case. I also know about what they found on his computer. My small kids will not be home. This is my decision. I am ready.
Maoz: I also have a financial guarantee of 100,000. The family is very modest. They are also prepared to give 250,000 shekels.
Kaminsky: I will move into my parents' apartment with [Mondrowitz].
[The question is where will he stay]
Kaminsky: I will move into wherever he is. [The distance from Kaminsky's parents' house is five minutes. He has three children, 4, 11 and 16.] [Rabbi] Zilberstein is the spiritual adviser for over 2400 households in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. He is the highest [Ger hasidic] spiritual leader. Because of the reputation of the rabbi, nobody is going to damage his reputation. He will also sign.
The State's attorney (Hershkowitz): We oppose any kind of alternative to incarceration. We are speaking here of somebody charged with serious crimes of a sexual nature. Against children. We are also talking about crimes he committed in his house. In our opinion house arrest is not appropriate. An alternative to incarceration is based on the trustworthiness of the respondent himself. The respondent has demonstrated throughout the years the ability to flee justice. He is not deserving of an more opportunities to flee from justice and extradition to the United States. It is not only an issue of whether we have confidence in the guarantors because, like the judge noted, one of them is the father of small children in the area where the respondent lives. According to the detention service, the respondent was helped by the community. According to evidence submitted, the defendant was advised by rabbis to flee to Israel. Strictly speaking, even the bail amount was ridiculously low in respect to the serious offenses described in this case.
In our opinion the alternative to incarceration is not sufficient. We are requesting his incarceration until the extradition hearing.
Moaz: They are coming back with these strong words. In the 80's he appeared for every court date. To come and say after 20 years that he would be considered a flight risk, this is not right. He went out in public for 20 years and he never ran away. The risk or danger was there, but he still did not run away. After we've heard what the court had to say we are prepared to bring the rabbi (Zilberstein) in as a guarantor. The respondent will live with the rabbi in his house. If we need additional supervision, we can also bring Kaminsky. I understand the State's stand, and their arguments.
The State's other attorney: We believe that he will disappear. The community and his family are complicit in why he didn't run away. He was being protected here and knows he has refuge here. This concern is alive and well.
The Judge: The respondent's attorney is requesting that he be released to Rabbi Zilberstein and additionally, as a guarantor, Yaakov Kaminsky. The incarceration service has requested a continuance of the proceding until January 9 at 10:30.…
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