Actor Sean Penn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20 before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing as he advocates for American Jacob Ostreicher’s Freedom after two years in Bolivian detention.
After spending more than two years in prison, a man from Brooklyn who was never charged with any wrongdoing managed to escape from custody in Bolivia, according to reports on Monday.
Officials in the Latin American country jailed Jacob Ostreicher, 54, in a money-laundering scheme while the family man was there overseeing a multimillion-dollar rice-growing investment.
Jacob Ostreicher, a New York businessman, talks with journalists as he arrives at the government palace to deliver a letter to Bolivia’s President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, May 23. Ostreicher was under home arrest in the eastern provincial capital of Santa Cruz.
Actor Sean Penn helped spotlight the case in 2012.
In this March 21, 2012, file photo, New York City businessman Jacob Ostreicher arrives at a court to attend a hearing in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The U.S. State Department says Ostreicher, who was detained the past 2 1/2 years in Bolivia on suspicion of money laundering, has arrived in the United States.
Ostreicher was under house when he managed to flee Bolivia to a third country before safely landing in the U.S., according to Yeshiva World News.