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Berland no longer under murder probe detention, but remains jailed in unrelated case

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Convicted sex offender Eliezer Berland was released on Thursday from remand after he was detained in connection with two cold case murders — but remains in prison to serve a sentence on unrelated charges.

Berland, the leader of the extremist Shuvu Bonim sect, has been implicated in the murder of 41-year-old Avi Edri in 1990 and the kidnapping and suspected murder of 17-year-old Nissim Shitrit in 1986. Police have accused Berland of sending his followers to kill Shitrit. His followers have also been tied to Edri’s death.

But on Thursday prosecutors said they would release Berland and his son-in-law, Tzvi Tzucker, as well as a third suspect — an unnamed Haredi mayor — under restrictions.

They said they would be indicting Baruch Sharvit, a Shuvu Bonim follower, for his role in Shitrit’s disappearance.

Last month, Berland was remanded into custody for continued interrogation over his role in the cold case murders. Judge Elad Lang said at the time that “there was........

© The Times of Israel

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