1:49AM EST: YWN has just learned that just moments ago, the verdict was given to Yakov Yosef ben Reizel, one of the bochurim detained in Japan.
The prosecutor had requested a 13 year prison sentence (including forced labor), while the defense attorneys requested a full acquittal. Of the 13 years demanded by the prosecution, he received 6 years. Being that he already sat 2/3 of 2 years, the remainder of his sentence is 4 years.
Askonim are confident that he will be transferred to Eretz Yisroel in the immediate future. Once there, they are hopeful that the Israeli Government will deduct another 2 years.
The tzibur is requested to continue davening for: Yosef ben Ita Rivka (recently transferred to an Israeli prison to serve another 18 months), Yoel Zev ben Mirel Reesa Chava (trial scheduled to start at the end of May, and still in imprisoned in prison) and Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel.
Further details will be posted as soon as they are available to us.
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(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)