Sean Penn Says He Is With Yanky Ostreicher Following “Humanitarian Operation”


yaakov-ostreicherThe Yanky Ostreicher saga continues to unfold, and the more details emerge, the murkier the story gets.

Actor Sean Penn said today that he’s with Ostreicher after the New York businessman was secretly spirited out of Bolivia.

Penn said in an email that Ostreicher is safe, doing well and receiving medical attention at an undisclosed location, according to the Associated Press.

In the statement sent to the AP, Penn said a “humanitarian operation” had been mounted to extract Ostreicher “from the corrupt prosecution and imprisonment he was suffering in Bolivia.” He didn’t provide additional details or say who was behind it, and he didn’t respond to questions sent by the AP.

Bolivian Justice Minister Cecilia Ayllon said Ostreicher fooled authorities at an unspecified border crossing Sunday night before boarding an LAN Chile plane in the Peruvian capital of Lima for a flight to Los Angeles and that Bolivia could request the American’s extradition, according to the AP.

Ostreicher’s former secretary, Alicia Gutierrez, told the AP that she received a phone call from his captors demanding that his family members travel to Bolivia in the next 48 hours, while a maid, Victoria Rocha, said it appeared that he hadn’t been home in Santa Cruz since going to La Paz on Erev Shabbos to allegedly pick up some kosher food sent by his mishpacha.

Later, Yanky’s brother, Aharon, called to say that Yanky might be on American shores, and then the State Department confirmed that Yanky had indeed arrived in the U.S. yesterday morning.

Stay tuned as this story unfolds. For now, it is clear that Mr. Penn deserves great credit for seemingly orchestrating the escape of Ostreicher from Bolivia.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. Mamash not shayich! So amazed! This is mamash a nes nigleh!
    R’ Yanky, my constant tefilos for you are not over. I am now mispallel that you have a refuas hanefesh, v’refuas haguf b’soch shar cholei yisroel.
    May we be zoche to greet moshiach together speedily in our days.

  2. Thank you, Mr. Penn, thank you, thank you, thank you!! You’re 1 of the few celebrities who really put themselves on the line, maybe the only one