Letter To the Editor - NY Times 6/29/12

To the Editor:

Re "Brooklyn Prosecutor's Role in Abuse Case Is Examined" (news article, June 29): Any implication that my office did not vigorously pursue the extradition of Avrohom Mondrowitz, an ultra-Orthodox Jew accused of pedophilia, is misleading.

The extradition treaty between the United States and Israel until 2007 did not allow extradition for the crimes Mr. Mondrowitz faces. During negotiations to change the treaty, we expressed strong interest in Mr. Mondrowitz.

It was our tenacity that persuaded the United States and Israeli governments to seek Mr. Mondrowitz's arrest and extradition once the treaty was changed. Despite being thwarted in our efforts to apprehend Mr. Mondrowitz, we refused to cancel the 1985 warrant for his arrest.

We worked with the Justice Department and the Israeli Ministry of Justice to pursue the Mondrowitz extradition under the new treaty. That accomplishment, which involved securing the cooperation of all five victims, is consistently glossed over in the news media.

In no way does the Israeli Supreme Court's disappointing reversal of the extradition order tarnish the extraordinary efforts put forth in securing Mr. Mondrowitz's arrest and incarceration in 2007 and Judge Nava Ben-Or's 2008 decision ordering Mr. Mondrowitz's extradition.

CHARLES J. HYNES
District Attorney, Kings County
Brooklyn, June 29, 2012