Israeli Court OKs Extradition of Brooklyn Man Wanted in Sex Case

The Associated Press
February 10, 2008

JERUSALEM - An Israeli court on Sunday approved extradition to the U.S. of an American Orthodox Jew wanted on suspicion of multiple sexual attacks two decades ago at his New York home, the Justice Ministry said.

Abraham Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic Jewish sect, was arrested in Jerusalem in November after being accused of abusing dozens of children at his unlicensed private clinic at his Brooklyn home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985 as police were investigating charges against him.

Israeli Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen said the Jerusalem District Court approved the extradition order but the man has the right to appeal.

Court spokeswoman Tal Rosner said the state would make the final decision about whether to extradite the man, who could appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court against Sunday's ruling.

Last September, the United States resubmitted an extradition request first made in 1985, months after the man fled Brooklyn for Israel.

The renewed U.S. request came after Israel and the United States amended their extradition treaty to include all crimes whose punishment is more than one year's imprisonment, according to the Israeli state prosecutor's office. Before the change, which took effect a year ago, the extradition treaty between Israel and the United States did not include sodomy.