Bolivian Judge Who Ordered Ostreicher Jailed, 5 Others Now Under Arrest

Bolivia’s interior minister says authorities have now arrested six government officials suspected of involvement in a scheme to rob and extort a New York businessman jailed in a money-laundering probe.

The minister, Carlos Romero, told reporters Tuesday that those arrested included the judge who first ordered American Jacob Ostreicher jailed and officials working in the state agency that seized 18,000 metric tons of rice from him.

The first suspect was arrested Monday.

Ostreicher has been jailed without charge since June 2011. Prosecutors have yet to produce no evidence he laundered money in a rice-growing venture in which he and a Swiss partner invested $25 million. More in AP.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Well I hope this is good news, finally.

    It seems like they will actually end up keeping him the “18 months” that the law in Bolivia allows them to keep someone without bringing charges.

    He was arrested in June 2011 and in December it will be 18 months!

    Hashem Yerachem….

  2. My heart goes out to him.
    it could be that the government needed 18 months to finally catch these government officials. and in their eyes, it is more important to nab them, then any negative effect it would have on this innocent person, Jacob Ostreicher.
    i hope he is freed, and his family can heal from this already.
    hashem yeracheim.

  3. mr conservative.. you are way off the mark here. the blovian govt didnt care until a lot of pressure began building. you shold read the past artices on this story all over the internet.

  4. um, who is this MRS. conservative, and when did we get married? lol I have been a single, Mr. Conservative on here since day one. (someone must have stolen my identity. i am sure the owners of TLS can verify that the IP is not mine, nor has ever commented under a Mr. Conservative screen-name)

    and regarding my opinion, i am so happy that these dirtballs have been arrested. i hope they all rot in jail. Ostreicher i hope wins millions from the country for the time of life he lost due to all the red tape.

  5. (i forgot to add to my prior post)

    PS: unfortunately, there is an inherent risk in visiting Latin American countries. from Columbia which has had Medellin as the worlds most dangerous city with Pablo’s narco traffickers, to Brazil to Mexico. anyone who would go there for vacation, business, or anything is absolutely suicidal. people need to realize, that they are starving down there, with no help in site- that is until they see an American. they know Americans have money(cash) on them, and have family that will send more money just to release their loved on. women face kidnapping and exploitation, while men often face jail time. thats how it works down there. please take this as a word of advice = STAY OUT!

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