U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), chairman of the House panel that oversees international human rights, will chair a congressional hearing Wednesday on the case of American Jacob Ostreicher, who has been held without formal charges in Bolivia since June 2011.
A hearing will be held entitled “Seeking Freedom for American Trapped in Bolivian Prison.”
Smith was asked to become involved in the case by Mr. Ostreicher’s daughter Chaya Weinberger, a Lakewood, N.J. resident who is a constituent in Smith’s congressional district.
Chairman Smith, and other members of the human rights subcommittee will attend the hearing.
Witnesses will include:
* Yimy Montaño Villgomez, of Bolivia attorney for Jacob Ostreicher
* Jerjes Justiniano Atalá, of Bolivia, attorney for Jacob Ostreicher
* Miriam Ungar, Mr. Ostreicher’s wife, of Brooklyn, NY
* Chaya Weinberger, Mr. Ostreicher’s daughter, Lakewood, NJ
* Steve Moore, former FBI Special Agent, known for his work in the Amanda Knox case in Italy.
The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172.
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