Prison Detainees in Bolivia: Bad Fruit of a Slow Judiciary System
On June 3, 2011, the Bolivian antidrug police arrested Jacob Ostreicher, an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, New York, for money laundering and involvement with drug trafficking. Ostreicher, a flooring contractor who had invested in a rice-growing agricultural venture, had come to Santa Cruz to oversee his business venture when he was arrested. Ostreicher has been in the Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for over a year awaiting trial. After several hearings, the judge ordered on September 23, 2011 that Ostreicher be released. A week later, the judge reversed his decision. A new judge was assigned to the case, but this judge recused himself, and no other judge has been appointed.