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Rabbis call for Rubashkin to be released on bail

Dubuque (KWWL) -- Several rabbis from the New York area are campaigning for the release of former Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin. The rabbis visitied Rubashkin in the Dubuque County jail Monday to offer spiritual support, and to address a federal court ruling in which Rubashkin was labeled a flight risk and denied bail.

In previous court appearances, prosecutors said Israel's "Law of Return" that gives any Jew the right to obtain Israeli citizenship factors into the flight risk.

"This law was specifically enacted to address the situation of Jews who are second class citizens in other countries to enable them to have a place to come. It's so ironic and tragic that this law is now being pointed to keep a person like Mr. Rubashkin in jail," Rabbi David Zwiebel said.

Rubashkin's attorney, Guy Cook, says other flight risk factors listed by the judge, including a packed travel bag containing passports and money, are false.

As of late Monday afternoon, Cook planned to file an appeal late Monday asking again for Rubashkin's release, saying (in the pre-filed version), "the Government's 'evidence of flight' is neither 'overwhelming' nor persuasive".

The pre-filed version goes on to say, "The so'called 'travel bag' is a tote bag, the cash amount was exaggerated, and included dollar bills and a coin collection, the 'lockboxes' were never locked and were fire boxes not use to store cash. The 'cash' was for family needs and expenses and has since been used to meet expenses.'

Cook said Rubashkin is still willing to offer using a 24-hour security team and ankle monitoring device if he is let out of jail. Cook says a $10 million dollar bail package, supported largely by Jews in the Postville area who are willing to post their homes as collateral, is still on the table. Rubashkin has also offered to sign a waiver of extradition.

A representative from the U.S. Attorney's Northern District of Iowa office offered no comment specific to Monday's meeting and said all public responses would be in the form of court-filed documentation. The most recent motion filed by the procesution was last week.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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