web analytics
December 19, 2014 / 27 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Nadler Demands Justice for Jacob Ostreicher

On Monday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, participated in a Congressional hearing which examined the issue of Jacob Ostreicher’s illegal detention. Mr. Ostreicher, a constituent of Rep. Nadler’s from Brooklyn, has been detained in Bolivia for nearly two years. Rep. Nadler has previously written letters calling for U.S. intervention in the case and demanding that Bolivian authorities grant basic rights under their own laws to Mr. Ostreicher. The hearing was held by the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Below is Rep. Nadler’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to thank you and Ranking Member Bass for holding this hearing, and for giving me the opportunity to participate. I also would like to thank Sean Penn for his advocacy on behalf of Mr. Ostreicher, which has helped bring international attention to his case.

“I am here today because my constituent, Jacob Ostreicher remains in unlawful dentition in Bolivia. Along with Mr. Ostreicher’s family, friends, and his community in Brooklyn, I am very concerned about his continued confinement and his welfare.

“As you know, in June 2011, Mr. Ostreicher was arrested in Bolivia on allegations of money laundering and associating with criminal organizations. He was held in the notoriously dangerous Palmasola prison for 18 months, and, though he was released from prison on bail in December 2012, he remains under house arrest. Now, nearly two years after he was originally detained, formal charges have yet to be filed against him, and Mr. Ostreicher continues to maintain his innocence. In addition, more than a dozen Bolivian officials—including prosecutors, judges, and the chief legal counsel in the Bolivian Interior Ministry—have since been arrested in connection with corruption in his case.

“This amounts to nothing less than a horrible injustice for Mr. Ostreicher who is in poor health, and has been forced to stay in Bolivia, separated from his wife, five children and eleven grandchildren. This is a man whose life has been unfairly put on hold, while justice is denied to him day after day.

“The Bolivian authorities must be made immediately aware that this miscarriage of justice is unacceptable, and conveys a negative message about their country to the United States and to the world. In fact, earlier this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report specifically citing Mr. Ostreicher’s case as evidence of endemic corruption within the Bolivian justice system, indicating that Mr. Ostreicher’s treatment constitutes a serious human rights issue.

“Specifically, in reference to Mr. Ostreicher’s case, the report notes: “The existence of an extortion ring within the judiciary constitutes a serious threat to the credibility of the administration of justice.” The Bolivian government must take immediate action to grant Jacob Ostreicher the due process he deserves, and show to the world that this sort of injustice will not stand.

“Since he was first imprisoned, I have been in frequent contact with the State Department about the status of Mr. Ostreicher’s case and his condition. I want to thank the State Department for its work thus far in communicating with the Bolivian government regarding Mr. Ostreicher’s situation and to express his frustration and that of our entire government regarding his treatment. That work must continue until we see positive results.

“In December of last year, after meeting Mr. Ostreicher’s wife, Miriam, I wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for help communicating to the Bolivian government the necessity of giving Mr. Ostreicher reasonable access to a swift trial. I also have written a letter, along with my colleagues in the House and Senate, to the Bolivian government, making the same request.

“I understand that Bolivian law has its own standards that allow a prisoner to be held for 18 months on preliminary charges in the pre-trial phase, if there is a reasonable basis to believe that he or she committed a crime. While I am glad that a Bolivian judge allowed Mr. Ostreicher to be detained at home rather than in prison, holding someone for nearly two years without a trial violates basic standards of fairness and human rights.

About the Author: JewishPress.com brings you the latest in Jewish news from around the world. Stay up to date by following up on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have something noteworthy to report? Submit your news story to us here.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Nadler Demands Justice for Jacob Ostreicher”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Cinema City Iron Man Theater in Jerusalem. (illustrative)
US Govt IDs North Korea in Sony Cyber Terror Attack
Latest News Stories
New York police responded instantly to a call for help and saved countless lives at "770" Eastern Parkway.

A Chabad rabbinic student stabbed in “770″ has returned home from the hospital.

Arabs attacked an Israeli bus traveling between Arad and Be’er Sheva along Highway 31 Thursday evening.

The UN General Assembly approves resolution to refer N. Korea to the Intl Criminal Court at The Hague.

Hanukkah menorah lighting at 2014 terror attack site in Gush etzion.

Israeli soldiers stand guard near large public menorah near the site where Dalia Lemkus, 26, was stabbed to death at a bus stop near the entrance to Alon Shvut last month.

US teachers are learning “3-D printing” from the Dept. of Defense.

U.S. lawmakers were divided, but many upset, about Pres. Barack Obama’s secret talks that restored full relations with Cuba.

Harvard announced it will “look into” its boycott of SodaStream. But will it remove the boycott?

PM Binyamin Netanyahu warns he will not allow the UN Security Council resolution on behalf of the PA to endanger Israeli citizens.

Israeli soldiers holding (and eating) ‘sufganiyot’- doughnuts traditionally eaten on Hanukkah, as they pose for a pictures on the 2nd night of Hanukkah at a candle lighting ceremony held near the Gush Etzion junction. This particular lighting ceremony was held at a memorial spot in commemoration of the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and […]

Excavations also turned up hidden tunnels dug by Jewish rebels in the period of the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

Is Sydney also going to turn out the lights on Christmas trees?

25-year-old man threatened former Shas party head with violence.

Are machine gun shots all night long and the death from a “work accident” not enough evidence for the EU court?

“It was crucial to my survival knowing that I was not forgotten.“

More Articles from Jewish Press News Briefs

Arabs attacked an Israeli bus traveling between Arad and Be’er Sheva along Highway 31 Thursday evening.

The UN General Assembly approves resolution to refer N. Korea to the Intl Criminal Court at The Hague.

US teachers are learning “3-D printing” from the Dept. of Defense.

After 5 years in jail, Cuba has released Jewish-American Alan Gross.

In the boy’s bag police found a Chanukiah, oil candles and matches.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed outrage over the removal of Hamas from the European Union’s list of officially designated terror organizations, after the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg accepted an appeal filed by Hamas against its inclusion in the list. “We have reached a new low in moral relativity if an organization […]

“We are not satisfied with the European Union’s explanation that the removal of Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations is a ‘technical matter,” ‘Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday following the decision of the General Court of the European Union. “The burden of proof is on the European Union and we expect it […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/nadler-demands-justice-for-jacob-ostreicher/2013/05/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: