Above: Rabbi Eliezer Berland in handcuffs in Zimbabwe earlier this year
2 Breslov Hasidim Sentenced To Prison In Spain For Drug Smuggling
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Two Beslov hasidim from Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Shuvu Banim sect have been sentenced to prison in Spain for drug smuggling, Yeshiva World reported based on a report in Kikkar HaShabbat.
The two men – both in their earlier 20s and both at one time residents of Sefat in Northern Israel – were arrested in May after entering Spain from Morocco with a large amount of illegal drugs. They claimed they were only couriers and did not know what they were carrying.
Berland had spent time in Morocco last year before being expelled. He has moved from country to country, trying to avoid extradition by or deportation to Israel where he will likely be indicted for series of alleged sexual assaults against female followers – at least one of who was a minor at the time the assault took place. He was eventually arrested in Amsterdam and is now waiting for a Dutch court to make a final decision on his extradition.
His two drug courier followers were sentenced this week to 3.5 years in prison.