Accused of sex-trafficking billionaire offered a house in exchange for freedom


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Lawyers for the American financier Jeffrey Epstein accused of sexual exploitation of children and slave, asked to be relieved of a billionaire before trial. To ensure the appearance of the owner into court as a Deposit is requested to take the estate belonging to him in new York, writes The New York Times.

A request for bail was filed in court on Thursday, July 12. As collateral there may be not cash, and the property of Epstein. In particular, the lawyers suggested that the court expensive townhouse on Manhattan who had been, the cost of which is estimated at $ 77 million. Including in this house, presumably, the billionaire has committed illegal acts against minors.

In addition, bail may be given a private jet of Epstein, specifies the edition. In submitted to the judges sentence the accused also promised to the court not to leave his new York home and hand over the passport. He agreed to wear an electronic bracelet (used for remote tracking in home arrest) — if the police deem such action necessary. In addition Epstein had offered at his own expense to hire security, which will be around the clock to monitor his movements.

As noted by The New York Times, generous mortgage deals usually cause a strong public reaction in the United States — many consider unjust the ability to spend wealth to freedom. Richard Berman, the judge in the case against Epstein, in 2016, rejected a similar request for bail filed by a wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman. From the point of view of public morality he was accused of less serious crime — money laundering. Berman said the request was inappropriate, stating that it “contributes to the worsening of inequalities and strengthening of privileges in favor of a very small group of extremely wealthy defendants in criminal cases”.

Prosecutors earlier said they would insist on the maintenance of Epstein in custody pending trial. They believe that he has all the opportunities to flee the country. It is assumed that lawyers filed the billionaire’s request for bail will be considered next Monday, July 15.

Epstein is accused of creating and maintaining a criminal network that allowed him to sexually exploit and victimize dozens of underage girls. The alleged victims were 14 years old. The businessman was detained on 6 July in new York. Presumably, your crimes he committed in 2002-2005. In 2008, Epstein was already convicted of corruption of minors, but then he was sentenced to just 13 months in prison.

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