Jerusalem (May. 17)
— Ten Iranian Jews, among them the acting Chief Rabbi, Baruch Cohen-Tzedek, have been detained by the Iranian authorities for allegedly helping other Jews to leave the country, according to reports reaching Israel.
The reports were disclosed today by Likud Knesset member Moshe Katzay, chairman of the Iranian Immigrants Association in Israel, He slid the 10 were promised they would be released in exchange for large sums of ransom money–but the promise has not been kept. Among those detained is the wife of Rabbi Cohen-Tzedek and other well known members of the community.