Three Israelis belonging to Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Shuvu Banim sect of the Breslov hassidic community were arrested early Sunday morning for their alleged involvement in two Jerusalem murder cases, one in 1986 and one in 1990.
The Jerusalem residents, all in their 60s, were reportedly involved in murder cases related to mishmarot tzniut, or “modesty squads” – hassidic gangs that attempt to enforce some of the extreme parts of haredi behavior.
One of the incidents reportedly involved the disappearance and probable murder of Nissim Shitrit in 1986.
Shitrit filed a police complaint following an attack by yeshiva students. Days later, he disappeared and left no trace after receiving a suspicious phone call. Police suspect that Shitrit was murdered by a mishmeret tzniut.
The second case is believed to be the murder of Avraham Edri in 1990. Edri, a yeshiva employee, was murdered while out with his wife.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of the sect, was convicted in 2016 after admitting to two counts of indecent sexual acts and one of sexual assault. In June, he was convicted on charges of fraud, exploitation, attempted intimidation, tax offenses and money laundering.
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