A couple and a man who got into an altercation with a member of the cabin crew on a flight returning from Uman were arrested in Moldavia. Rav Pinchas Zaltzman worked to obtain their release to the religious community in Kishinev.
The incident occurred on erev Shabbos, October 4, 2019, when the couple and another man got into an altercation boarding a flight from Uman to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport. The problem began when another man, who was smoking as he was boarding the flight in Moldavia, refused to extinguish the cigarette when instructed to do so. The incident degenerated to physical contact. The man, his wife and brother were arrested by local police.
When the word of the arrest reached the rav of the local community, Rav Pinchas Zaltzman, on Friday morning, he contacted Rav Menachem Axelrod, a Chabad shaliach, and they began efforts towards obtaining the release of the three from police custody.
After relentless efforts, police agreed to their release as the rabbonim signed for them, accepting responsibility. Police released the three to the custody of the frum community, where they spent Shabbos. According to those involved in the case, they remain hopeful the three will be permitted to return home to Israel later this week.
According to Rabbi Zaltzman, the law permits police to hold the three for 30 days before taking them for a court appearance, compelling them to involve askanim towards obtaining their release before Shabbos.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)