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  8/11/2011, Av 11, 5771

Chabad Emissary to Ecuador Abducted for Five Days


It was disclosed, on Thursday, that Rabbi Tomer Rotem, the Chabad Lubavitch emissary to Ecuador, was abducted by criminals and held for five days, last week, before he was released in good condition.

A preliminary investigation says that the rabbi was scheduled to attend an event and return to his home a few hours later, but emailed his wife that evening that he had been kidnapped. The rabbanit called the police and the Israeli foreign office. With an Israeli police representative on the scene, a local police operation effected the rabbi's release just before the start of Shabbat.