The Satmar hasid was sentenced to three years in prison by a Tel Aviv court.
Jerusalem - Israeli news service Kikar Shabbat reports that a Tel Aviv court has sentenced Benzion Miller to three years behind bars today for his part in the drug smuggling episode that landed three chareidi yeshiva bochurim from Bnei Brak in a Japanese jail in April 2008.
The three bochurim were told that they were being paid $1000 each to bring antiques from Holland to Japan and were unaware that there was 3.6 million dollars worth of illegal substances hidden in a false bottom of the suitcases given to them by Miller. Customs officials in Japan immediately noticed that something was amiss and all three were taken into custody and later imprisoned.
Miller was found guilty after the parents of all three boys testified against him. The parents of the three imprisoned boys told Kikar Shabbos that the Miller’s sentence was too light and expressed dissatisfaction with today’s ruling.
Miller was arrested for allegedly providing the three with the drug laden suitcases. The bochurim claimed all along that Miller, who was involved in a drug smuggling ring, asked them to take the suitcases from Holland to Japan without telling them that there was a wealth of illegal substances hidden inside the suitcases.
In a hearing for Yosef Bondo, the youngest of the three boys who is now being held in a Beer Sheva prison, Bondo did not hesitate to cast the blame squarely on Miller’s shoulders.