Source says Mr. Ostreicher simply escaped Bolivia via a third country from where he made his trip home to the United States.
UPDATE 8:19 PM: Bolivian Government May Have Been in on Ostreicher’s Exit Plan
UPDATE (7:35pm): State Department official confirms to the AP that Mr. Ostreicher is indeed in the US. and reports the AP, “Bolivian government officials said Monday that they didn’t know anything about him possibly leaving their country.”
UPDATE (6:18pm): When Contacted for comment, Ostreicher’s lawyer Jimmy Miontano told Bolivian Media “I do not have this information, I do not know, I can hardly believe that Jacob left Bolivia”.
UPDATE (5:12pm): Mr. Ostreicher was kidnapped by a unknown group who requested a contact to demand ransom for his release, a reliable source told JP Updates. Jacob gave them his brother Ari’s number. Upon receiving the request, Ari Ostriecher arranged the ransom to be paid and Jacob was dropped off in a third world country, from where he fled to the United States.
Editor’s note: This report is possibly a cover story for a likely escape as our report indicated earlier.
NYC Councilman David Greenfield, who was in contact with Mr. Ostreicher at least once a week, told YWN he spoke to him this past Friday, and may have alluded to his possible release / escape. “He sounded very nervous, and said that ‘things were happening’.”
This is a developing story… More details to follow shortly.
“I am *thrilled* that Jacob Ostreicher is finally home in America!” Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted moments ago.
With thanks to G-d, I am *thrilled* that Jacob Ostreicher is finally home in America!
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) December 16, 2013
Councilman David Greenfield tweeted,” American Jews are celebrating.”
American Jews are celebrating the news that Jacob Ostreicher, who was falsely imprisoned since June 2011 in Bolivia, is now back home in NY.
— David G. Greenfield (@NYCGreenfield) December 16, 2013