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Prison Detainees in Bolivia: Bad Fruit of a Slow Judiciary System

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.

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