Sentencing Tonight for One of the Bochurim in Japan Jail


japan-boysThe sentencing of Yosef ben Ita Rivka, one of the bochurim imprisoned in Japan will take place tonight, US time, which is already Friday morning in Japan. As is well known, the three Israeli yeshiva bochurim were charged with smuggling drugs into Japan – inside a suitcase that a “friend” asked them to take for him, Efforts to give the three legal aid and financial help have been stepped up in Jewish communities around the world.

The story began last April when the three bochurim from Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak, all under age 20 and one under age 18, were asked to transport some antiques from Holland to Japan. The friend who asked them for the favor offered them $1,000 each and assured them that everything was legal.

Once in Amsterdam, they were given the “antiques” – concealed inside false-bottomed suitcases. Told that this was a precaution against theft, they once again suspected nothing, and flew on to Tokyo. In Japan, the false bottoms were quickly detected and broken into by customs officials – who found there not antiques, but $3.6 million worth of Ecstasy pills.

The boy’s ensuing detention period has been “very difficult, to say the least,” sources close to the case have told Japan is known for its no-nonsense approach to drug-trafficking and other crimes, and in view of the severity of the charges, the boys have been separated from each other, grilled by interrogators, and forced to subsist on vegetables, fish and the like – so as not to eat non-kosher food. The punishment for lifting one’s head is fifteen hours of solitary confinement in a tiny cell. The boys are terrified and broken in spirit. They have nearly stopped thinking about a future for themselves.

All are urged to daven for Yoel Zeev ben Mirel Risa Chava, Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel and Yosef ben Ita Rivka. 

Click herehere, and here  to read‘s previous reports on the case.

{Yair Israel and Dovid Newscenter}

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  1. May the three boys come home quickly and safely, we are all davening for them. May Hashem accept all of Klal Yisrael’s tefilos on their behalf.