Thirteen Hasidic Jewish Community Members Plead Not Guilty in Brooklyn Synagogue Wall Damage Case

Thirteen young members of the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn pleaded not guilty to charges related to the damage of a wall in a prominent synagogue. The arraignment, which took place on Wednesday, saw the defendants facing charges including criminal mischief and obstructing governmental administration. Four additional defendants were absent from the proceedings as they were reportedly in Israel, as confirmed by their lawyer to the New York Times.

During the arraignment, a caught-on-camera fracas ensued, adding to the already tense atmosphere surrounding the case. Despite the plea, the defendants were required to surrender their passports. However, they were granted continued access to the synagogue by the presiding judge, as reported by the New York Times.

The incident that led to these charges occurred in January when law enforcement clashed with rogue members of the synagogue who were armed with shovels. These individuals were discovered digging a secret tunnel beneath the religious institution located in Crown Heights. Sources at the time suggested that the young rebels took this action due to the perceived delay in expanding the synagogue’s sanctuary.

Author: CrimeDoor

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