Hundreds of followers of fugitive Breslov Shuvu Banim hasidic leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland celebrated Purim with Berland yesterday in Zimbabwe – despite the fact that he alleged sexually abused women and girls and is wanted by police in Israel for questioning.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland
Hundreds Of Hasidim Celebrate Purim With Accused Sex Criminal Rabbi
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Hundreds of followers of fugitive Breslov Shuvu Banim hasidic leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland celebrated Purim with Berland yesterday in Zimbabwe, Arutz Sheva reported.
Berland asked his followers not to come, reportedly because he feared their presence could cause local authorities to expel him from the country like Moroccan authorities did several months ago.
But hundreds came anyway, spending as much as $1,500 for the plane fare.
Berland, who lived in Jerusalem until he fled about 18 months ago, stands accused of sexually abusing female followers, some of who were allegedly older minors at the time the alleged abuse took place.
He has stayed only in countries without extradition treaties with Israel to avoid extradition to Israel.
Berland has reportedly hired the same attorneys representing Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the Sefardi haredi kabbalist accused of attempted bribery, bribery, money laundering, embezzlement, coercion, witness tampering and other crimes.
Pinto allegedly is receiving a slap on the wrist plea bargain that may see him serve no prison time for his crimes – some of which were recorded on tape by police.
Berland allegedly hopes these attorneys can work similar magic for him.