A leader of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish movement in New York has been sentenced to 103 years in jail for sexually abusing a girl sent to him for counselling. Nechemya Weberman, a prominent figure in the Satmar branch of Hasidic Judaism, was convicted of abusing her over three years. The case caused an uproar in the Satmar community in Brooklyn, shattering a code of silence imposed by the group's insistence on dealing with matters internally rather than going to the police. The trial was marred by allegations of intimidation by Weberman's supporters, including an attempt to bribe the girl into dropping her case.

AFP