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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monsey - Rabbi Wolmark could be released on bail by Friday

A Monsey rabbi alleged to have been a mastermind behind a kidnap team that used torture as a means to persuade Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives a religious divorce hopes to be out on bond by Friday, his attorney said.

Rabbi Martin “Mordachai” Wolmark, the head of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, appeared in federal court Wednesday alongside several men accused of having a role in the kidnappings.

Wolmark’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo, of the Manhattan-based firm Brafman & Associates, said U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert agreed to his client’s release on condition that he surrender $5 million bond secured by property, remain under electronic home confinement and turn his passport over to authorities.

“We are pleased the court accepted Rabbi Wolmark’s bail package. That he was able to offer $5 million in equity shows that his family, friends and community support him. We look forward to defending these allegations with the Rabbi a free man,” Agnifilo said in an email. “We are posting the properties tomorrow and we hope he will be released by Friday.”

Agnifilo said two properties are being used to secure the bond. He declined to identify the properties or their owners.

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