Two Chabad blogs are reporting that Rabbi Eli Hecht, a charity collector from Tzefat, Israel, was aquitted of drug trafficking charges by a Spanish court today. Hecht claimed that a another person gave him a suitcase and asked him to take it, but did not tell Hecht that the suitcase contained what turned out to be a large amount of illegal drugs.
This is Crown Heights.info's report:
Rabbi Eli Hecht, a Tzedaka fundraiser from Kfar Chabad, Israel who was arrested in Spain on charges of drug trafficking, was aqquited of all charges in a Madrid court today. Rabbi Hecht will return home to his family after the completion of the paperwork process.
Today, Friday, the court in Madrid, Spain has released the final verdict regarding R' Eli Hecht, stating that he is not guilty of the crimes attributed to him after he was caught transporting drugs without his knowledge ● Within 5 days he will be back at home in Safed, Israel ● A mass Farbrengen and Seudas Hoda'ah will take place on Shabbos in his hometown Safed.