Transcript for 2 Rabbis Arrested in Cases of Alleged Torture
This afternoon at least two rabbis are under arrest accused in a bizarre plot a forcing orthodox Jewish man into giving their wives religious divorces by torturing them. Orthodox rules allow only a man to initiate the divorce. And one rabbi claims to have conducted more than 2000 such divorces that are forced. Overnight the FBI conducted raids have a number of locations from Flatbush Brooklyn all the way to suffered in Rockland county. Eyewitness News reporter Marcus Solis is live -- -- with the details markets. Again this is one of the locations raided by the FBI last night the base of operations for one of the rabbis now implicated. In that shakedown scheme which involves elements of Jewish law kidnapping torture and big money. The -- went on through the night the FBI descending on two locations in our area in Brooklyn agents spent hours going in and out of the -- -- -- rabbi Mendel Epstein. He's one of three rabbis accused of using kidnapping and torture -- -- orthodox men to agree to divorce their wives. According to court papers the sixty year old rabbi was caught on wiretap telling an undercover agent posing as a woman seeking a divorce quote. Basically what we're going to be doing -- kidnapping a guy for a couple of hours and beating them up and torturing him and then getting him to give the gift. I -- is a document consenting to divorce that only orthodox men can produce. According to court documents the rabbis charged 50000 dollars and -- tough -- based out of Middlesex county New Jersey. On the -- the rabbis allegedly discussed the importance of not leaving physical marks on the victims and so the preferred means of torture mentioned is a cattle prod. Quote if -- can get a -- that weighs five tons to move you put in certain parts of his body and in one minute the guy won't know. Another location targeted by the Fed's last night you -- Sherry -- is suffering from which authorities removed various pieces of equipment alone as you question. When I ask you -- probably. Today no comment at what is a high school for boys but at least some of the orthodox community dispute the notion that obtained a divorce is particularly difficult. It's -- difficult not only has any. Nice try -- -- -- and -- -- -- -- going on you have exceptions sometimes and say tickets and. And so under arrest of Mendel Epstein -- in Wal-Mart Jacob Goldstein and aerial protest all four will be in federal court in Trenton. Later this afternoon for now we're live in suffered Marcus I was channel seven Eyewitness News.
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