By Ezra Reichman, VIN News
The youngest of the three yeshiva students imprisoned in Japan will be transferred to Israel to sit out his sentence in an Israeli prison.
Japan’s Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama signed the transfer order submitted by Israel. The bochur, who received a sentence of 5 to 8 years, can now officially be “deported” from Japan.
The 19-year old bochur is expected to be transferred to Israel in the coming days. Two representatives of Israel police will depart for Japan to bring the bochur back.
They will meet with representatives of the Justice Ministry and have to sign a thick sheaf of documents before the bochur will be given over to them. The family will be charged all traveling expenses for the bochur and the police.
A secret two hour meeting was held between the Japanese Justice Minister and the dayan Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Weiss of Antwerp in the minister’s office two weeks ago concerning the fate of the three bochurim. The transfer of the bochur was brought up then.
Israel and Japan are co-signors to a bilateral prisoner transfer treaty. Israel’s Justice Minister, Yaakov Neeman, had to send a transfer request before the Japanese Justice Minister could give his approval to the transfer. International pressure helped obtain Japan’s agreement.
In addition to saving the bochur from the harsh conditions of Japanese prisons, Israel wants him in the country so he can testify at the trial of his recruiter.