False Rumors of Yaakov Yosef’s Transfer to Israel


japan-yaakov-yosefRumors and reports that Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel Grunwald, who has sat in jail in Japan for over 1,500 days, has been flown to Eretz Yisroel to serve the duration of his sentence there are unfortunately false.

The situation, in fact, is much the same as it was Pesach time, but for one exception, which has triggered many of the false reports. As previously reported here on Matzav.com, this past week, Yaakov Yosef signed papers formally granting permission to Japanese authorities to transfer him to Israel, where he would serve the duration of his sentence. This form is a standard one that is given to prisoners who are waiting to be transferred, and it is usually a signal that the Japanese will send their final approval shortly.

All permits from both sides were obtained and completed last September, but the Japanese Ministry of Justice have still not sent their final approval.

The final approval is a letter that states that they give their final consent for the transfer to be expedited and they “request the Israelis to make arrangements with their office for the Israeli police to come to Japan to collect Yaakov Yosef.” The Israelis would, in turn, agree to a date with the Japanese and book flights for their pre-selected wardens who would fly out a few days before the agreed day. On the day of transfer, Yaakov Yosef will be brought to the airport and handed over to two Israeli police officers who will be waiting by the entrance of the plane together with a batch of documents

Yaakov Yosef is the third of the three Israeli bochurim who were arrested back in the spring of 2008 for carrying drugs in the false bottom of suitcases. The bochurim had been duped by a member of their own community.

All are asked to continue davening for Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel.

{Casriel Beuman-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Oy Vey!!! Who is starting all these Meshiugah rumors?? Let’s just do our parts and continue davening!! Gut Shobbos everyone !! 🙂

  2. Does the timing of Yaakov Yosef’s sentence begin on the date of his arrest- in March 2008, or the date of the sentencing – in May 2011?