J’lem court extends remand of alleged U.S. pedophile by 9 days

Avrohom Mondrowitz, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who fled the United States for Israel two decades ago to avoid sexual abuse charges was brought to court in Jerusalem on Sunday, a step toward his possible extradition.

The Jerusalem judge extended Mondrowitz’s detention until November 27, at which point he will decide whether Mondrowitz will remain in jail or be placed under house arrest.

Avrohom Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect, was arrested in Jerusalem on Friday for allegedly abusing dozens of children at his
unlicensed private clinic at his Brooklyn, New York home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985 as police were investigating charges against him.

Mondrowitz’s attorney, David Ofek, said he plans to appeal the court’s decision to keep Mondrowitz in custody.

“The state didn’t take action for 25 years, so they cannot bring the case back [now],” Ofek said, adding that he has seen no medical reports indicating abuse.

Two months ago the United States resubmitted an extradition request first made in 1985, months after Mondrowitz fled Brooklyn for Israel, said Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen.

The renewed U.S. request came after Israel and the United States amended their extradition treaty to include all crimes whose punishment is more than one year imprisonment, according to the Israeli state prosecutor’s office. Before the change that took effect in January, the extradition treaty between Israel and the United States did not include sodomy.

Sunday’s ruling followed an expose on Mondrowitz in Haaretz’s
weekend magazine, which went to print Thursday, a day before the arrest. The paper reported that the statute of limitations does not apply to crimes in which the suspect has fled to avoid charges.

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