Abusive spiritual leader to be extradited to Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli spiritual leader who allegedly abused children will be extradited to Israel.

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice signed an extradition order for Elior Chen, which is set to take place on Oct. 27, according to reports.

Chen, the leader of a Jerusalem religious sect that allegedly has abused children, has used up all of his appeals in Brazil.

Chen’s alleged abuse of one woman’s children led to two of them, then aged 4 and 5, being hospitalized in March 2008 in critical condition and another, then 3, remaining in a persistent vegetative state.

Chen allegedly urged his followers to abuse their children, including beatings, forcing them to eat feces and pouring household cleaners into open wounds to "correct their corrupt souls."

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