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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

Lev Tahor escapees may have gotten help doing so

Some relatives in Israel of the two girls who fled their Canadian foster home think it's possible they had assistance:
The teenage girl members of Lev Tahor who fled their foster home in Toronto earlier this month could not have managed the stunt on their own, says an advocate for their family in Israel.

[...] They had been living in foster care since March after they were apprehended in Trinidad and Tobago, fleeing Canada on their way to Guatemala. They were sent back to Canada, but their mother was already in Guatemala, so she couldn’t take custody of them. The sect’s lawyer, Guidy Mamann, said the father returned to Canada to reclaim them, but he was not granted custody.

George Berger — an advocate for the family of the girls in Israel — said he visited them in their foster family back in April. Berger, a Toronto resident, accompanied their grandmother when she visited them on her trip to Toronto from Israel. The family in Israel had wanted to adopt the girls and their six siblings.

Berger said there was a security guard stationed outside the house in North York 24 hours a day, and whenever the girls left the house, they did so with an escort.

“It has to have been arranged,”
he said of the girls’ flight. “There are guards, and there are high fences in the back. The street is out of the way. There’s no way a cab goes there.

“Somebody had to have paid off someone else. That’s the only way I can see it.”

He said the girls, who speak primarily Yiddish and grew up in an isolated community, would not have been able to negotiate a big city and figure out how to arrange transport to the U.S.

“There is no way they knew how to take a taxi,”
he said. “I don’t even think they knew that taxis existed.” [...]

If the children had been helped across the border, that would have been a criminal act, explained Howard Barza, a family lawyer in Montreal.

He said the foster family has an obligation to keep the children they are caring for safe, and to prevent them from running off.

“Someone was either grossly negligent or criminally complicit,” he said. “Because if someone orchestrated this, it would undermine the legal system, which is obstruction of justice (which is a crime).”

Berger said he doesn’t believe the girls were unhappy in foster care.

“I was surprised by how comfortable they seemed with their foster family,” he said. “They had girls the same age, and they spoke Yiddish to them.”
It's sad to think about this, but the girls may have succeeded in pretend acts. And I wonder if the cult's lawyer, Guidy Mamann, could've helped them run off? If bribery was involved, it wouldn't be the first time the cult pulled stunts like that.
In the meantime, the Sûreté du Québec is continuing its investigation into criminal activity by the group. Search warrant applications submitted by the SQ to a judge earlier this year and made public in recent weeks allege that the group engaged in human trafficking, forged documents and child abuse.

SQ Sgt. Benoît Richard said the police force is continuing its investigation, working alongside Ontario Provincial Police. He said there could still be charges laid against some Lev Tahor members. If that were to happen, they would have to be extradited back to Canada. According to the website for Foreign Affairs Canada, there is an extradition agreement between Canada and Guatemala.
I hope they issue a warrant to that effect soon, and no less importantly, that Guatemala makes sure they don't flee again while taking advantage of the welfare benefits of any particular host country at the expense of innocent residents.

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