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2 members of Berland’s sect charged over ‘extremely cruel’ 1986 murder of teen

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Two followers of convicted sex offender Eliezer Berland’s Shuvu Bonim sect were charged on Friday in connection with the 1986 murder of a teen.

The two were indicted over the murder of 17-year-old Nissim Shitrit. His body was never found and Friday’s charges were the first made in connection with his death.

One of the suspects charged in the case was the son of a former minister. His name has not been released for publication. The second suspect was Baruch Sharvit, a Shuvu Bonim follower.

According to the indictment, some of those involved in the abduction and death of Shitrit have not yet been detained.

Prosecutors asked for the suspects to remain in detention until the end of legal proceedings.

“The serious acts attributed to the accused indicate his danger to the public despite the lapse of time since the murder attributed to him,” read the indictment for one of the suspects. “The fact that this is a multi-stage event, a very complex and extremely cruel event which was intended to impose the lifestyles of the defendants on the deceased and the public, establishes a reasonable basis for fear that his release will endanger public safety.”

According to the indictment, Shitrit was suspected by members of the sect of having some form of relationship with a girl, in contravention of the sect’s religious norms, the Ynet news site reported.

The teen was collected from his boarding school in Ashdod by the sect’s “religious police,” in........

© The Times of Israel

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