The Meaux prosecutor’s office had been alerted on July 12 by Miviludes to an operation deemed “worrying” of this school located in Bussières.
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Several officials of a Talmudic school in Bussières, in Seine-et-Marne, were placed in police custody on Monday January 31 for suspicion of ill-treatment of students, franceinfo learned from the Meaux prosecutor’s office. Several other people are also interviewed.
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These police custody are part of an investigation opened in July 2021 for “organized kidnapping”, “aggravated violence”, “deprivation of care and food” and “aggravated abuse of weakness”. The Meaux prosecutor’s office had been alerted on July 12 by the Interministerial Mission for Vigilance and the Fight against Sectarian Abuses (Miviludes) on a functioning deemed “worrying” of a Talmudic school located in the town of Bussières.
According to reports received by Miviludes, this establishment “would undeclaredly welcome many minors of American and Israeli nationality who do not speak French, in abusive conditions”. Reports included, among other things,“confiscation, confiscation of identity documents, acts of mistreatment” or even“lack of access to education and healthcare”.
In July 2021, the flight from the establishment of a minor of American nationality was reported to the Meaux prosecutor’s office. The minor had found refuge at the American Embassy. Several other runaways were also reported in November and December 2021.
The investigation, conducted by the Paris Research Section, confirmed these suspicions. She also noted that the building was the subject of an order closed to the public by the town hall of Bussières because of its dilapidation.
The operation carried out on Monday also made it possible to ensure the identification, protection, hearing and medical examination of minors, in conjunction with psychologists and in the presence of a rabbi.