Rav Berland is being released to house arrest
Baruch Hashem, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita, has been granted permission to be moved to house arrest by the State of Israel.
The Tzaddik has been in prison for over a year, despite his increasingly precarious health, and the lack of any case against him. The actual trial has only begun a few days ago.
Over the last few months, his lawyers made repeated requests for him to be moved out of the maximum security prisons he’s been kept in (and also, frequently shuffled between & in and out of hospitals), on the grounds of his ill health.
After repeated failed attempts, the final appeal went to the Supreme Court over two months ago.
While the judge agreed, in principal, with the argument that the 84 year old Rav should be moved to house arrest, he granted the District Court an inordinately long period of time to decide the details of the house arrest.
Many agreements between the Rav’s lawyers and the police have also been nixed by people ‘higher up the chain’ over the last few weeks.
But Baruch Hashem, finally, the judge handed down his verdict that the Rav can be released to house arrest, upon payment of 1.2 million shekels bail, plus another 2 million shekel worth of his students property to be held on deposit, which will be forfeit should the Rav try to leave the country.
(The fact that no-one can currently leave the State of Israel notwithstanding.)
The judge also ordered that the Rav have no phone; no contact with the outside world, nor his community, and should also pay for a 24 hour security team to guard him.
We will keep you updated as we have more details, but Baruch Hashem, the Rav should at least be out of prison over the next couple of days.
The Rav could have been released today if the bail money would have been given.
Now it’s only in our hands!
In this merit may the world be released from all their pain