BOSNIA (VINnews) — Lev Tahor cult members are being deported from Bosnia, according to local media reports in the region.Join our WhatsApp group
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Bosnian authorities are cracking down on the dozens of members of the extremist Jewish group, after local residents reported their presence.
Thirty-seven of the group’s estimated 200-300 loyalists are believed to have relocated to Bosnia in November. They were reportedly living there legally on three-month visas which are about to expire. Local residents apparently discovered the group after seeing pictures in media reports of the cult members traveling through the Middle East.
Human Rights and Refugees Minister Milos Lucic announced on Tuesday that the entire group will be deported before the end of the month.
He said, “According to the latest information, this religious group is currently looking for a new destination and transportation. I have received assurances that they do not pose a threat to the local community and no incidents have been recorded so far.”
Since fleeing Guatemala, the group of radicals has been searching for a new homeland. At one point they requested asylum in Iran, but that plan was crushed when Iraqi authorities deported them to Turkey.
They relocated to Guatemala from Canada in 2014 following allegations of mistreatment of its children including abuse and child marriages.
Arranged marriages between teenagers and older cult members are reported to be common. The group shuns technology and its female members wear black robes from head to toe, leaving only their faces exposed.