Numerous text messages and emails are being forwarded across the globe regarding the three Yeshiva Bochrim currently jailed in Japan. In the past hour, YWN received hundreds of emails from concerned readers. The text messages state that 2 of the boys have been sentenced to death by hanging.
This is not true.
YWN has confirmed with Askonim heavily involved with the case that there has been no such court ruling. In fact just two days ago YWN posted a request (HERE) for people to say Tehillim – since the court cases are starting this Friday.
There is a possiblilty that these false rumors are based on a story reported (HERE) by YWN two months ago in which two 37-year-old Israeli’s were R”L sentenced to death in Thailand for drug trafficking.
The following is the Tehillim request posted two days ago by YWN:
As the trial of the youngest of the three yeshiva boys detained in Japan commences this Friday, 30 Jan ‘09 (Tokyo time zone is GMT +9 hours), and the other two bochurim’s trial commence shortly thereafter, please pray for these poor victims, that they should promptly merit returning to their homes & community.
Yaakov Yosef ben Reizel
Yoel Zeev ben Mirel Risa Chava
Yosef ben Itte Rivka
(Dov Gordon – YWN)