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Sex offender rabbi Berland asks to cancel fraud trial due to his poor health

Eliezer Berland, a rabbi and cult leader who has been convicted of sex offenses and is charged of defrauding followers by offering to cure them from illnesses in exchange for money, has filed a court request to nullify proceedings against him due to his poor health.

Rabbi Eliezer Berland arrives for a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, on February 13, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“Holding a trial on this matter would lead to permanent medical damage and endanger his life,” Berland’s attorney Amid Hadad tells the Jerusalem District Court.

“Nobody wants to experience the death of a defendant as a result of holding the trial,” he says of his client, who is 82 years old.

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