|13 March 2002|
60 Minutes ran a tape made by a private eye, Steve Rambam, who claimed to have tricked Kenstavicius and others into making confessions.|
Rambam turned over six such "confessions" to the RCMP war crimes squad. Whether they included the alleged Kenstavicius statement is not clear. But the police were not impressed.
Sgt. Pierre Bisson has been quoted in the Western Jewish Bulletin as saying: "There was no admission from the interviewees, contrary to what Mr. Rambam said." It was also stated that Rambam had "exaggerated the so-called confessions he had obtained."
Doug Collins, North Shore News, 17-Mar-1997, at www.nsnews.com/issue/w031797/doug.html
"If you are a war criminal, Canada is your refuge of choice. That is for sure."
"Canada is where the Nazis are," Rambam says. "Canada is the unknown haven for Nazis. Everybody knows about Argentina, but nobody knows about Canada."
"Canada is a place of refuge for the scum of the earth."
"Canada has become an old-age home for Nazi war criminals. The lesson is that if you killed Jews, you have nothing to fear living here," Rambam said. [...] "The Canadian government is fooling you, lying to you, when it says it is zealously pursuing war criminals," he said.
"People who killed 850,000 Jews came to Canada, and were welcomed with open arms."
Montreal Gazette, 27-Nov-1996, Final Edition, p. A14; Ottawa Citizen, 15-Jan-1997, p. A13; Ottawa Citizen, 03-May-1997, p. A1; Canadian Jewish News Internet Edition, 31-May-2001, http://www.cjnews.com/pastissues/01/may31-01/front3.asp; Canadian Jewish News, 11-Oct-2001, p. 32.
Two reputed Jewish Defense League members were arrested yesterday on charges of grabbing three teenage trick-or-treaters on a Brooklyn street, assaulting them with baseball bats and fists and imprisoning them in a car, police said.
Ronald Kahn, 30, of E. 17th St., and Steven Rombom, 24, of E. 18th St. were charged with unlawful imprisonment and assault after they were identified by the trick-or-treaters as two of their four assailants, police said. The other two are still being sought, police said.
The teenagers were grabbed by a group of men near Congregation Beth Torah Synagogue, 1060 Ocean Parkway, about 10:30 p.m. They were beaten and thrown from a car at E. Eighth St. and Avenue I, said police who took them to Kings County Hospital. They were treated there for scrapes and bruises.
Washington Cemetery, across the street from the synagogue has been a target of Halloween vandals in the past, according to area residents.
The government filed an information on August 5, 1976, charging Rombom with fourteen acts of juvenile delinquency, including unlawful possession and interstate transportation of firearms and explosives, and assaulting foreign officials and guests of the United States. Eleven of the acts charged would be felonies punishable by ten years imprisonment, or more, if committed by an adult. The government was, therefore, entitled to move to transfer him to adult status.|
At the time the information was filed, Rombom was approximately 17½ years old. The maximum penalty he could receive as a juvenile would be 3½ years, or until he reaches the age of 21. 18 U.S.C. § 5037(c). If, however, Rombom were tried and convicted as an adult, he would be subject technically, but not realistically, to a maximum term of imprisonment well over a hundred years.
UNITED STATES of America v. Steven Paul ROMBOM, Defendant. No. 76 Cr. 719-LFM. United States District Court, S. D. New York. Oct. 22, 1976, pp. 1295-1300, p. 1297.
The controversy took a violent turn last year, with twin bomb attacks one of them fatal on two former Soviet refugees who had been cleared of war crimes charges. A spokesman for the FBI in Washington, Lane Bonner, said the bureau is continuing an intensive investigation into the two bombings and believes that the militant Jewish Defense League may have been responsible.|
Last Aug. 15, Tscherim Soobzokov, 67, whom the Office of Special Investigations had sought unsuccessfully to deport, was lured out of his home in Paterson, N.J., at 4:30 a.m. by a ruse a fire set in his car and suffered massive injuries to his lower body as a bomb exploded at his doorstep. His wife, daughter, 4-year-old grandson and a neighbor were also injured.
Accused by the Office of Special Investigations of having served in the German Waffen SS, the combat arm of Hitler's elite security force, Soobzokov had been a target of protests by the Jewish Defense League after the Justice Department dropped its charges for lack of evidence. Friends of the Soobzokov family have explained that he belonged to a small, persecuted ethnic minority and accepted a Waffen SS uniform as a ploy to escape the Soviet Union with retreating German forces.
Another Bomb Blast
Then on Sept. 6, the day Soobzokov died, a similar bomb detonated at 4:30 a.m. in the Long Island community of Brentwood, N.Y., damaged the home of Elmars Sprogis, 70, a retired construction worker exonerated by a federal appeals court in 1984 of persecuting Jews in his native Latvia. Sprogis was not hurt, but a passer-by, who apparently was attracted by a fire set in Sprogis' car as a lure, was seriously injured.
Shortly after the explosion, the Long Island newspaper Newsday received a telephone call in which an apparently recorded voice reportedly said: "Listen carefully. Jewish Defense League. Nazi war criminal. Bomb. Never again."
The FBI has since warned defense attorneys involved in war crimes cases to be alert to the possibility of further violence and to urge their clients to take precautions against reprisals.
Robert Gillette, Los Angeles Times, 28-Apr-1986.
Since the lawsuit was in a California court but defendant Levy lived in New York at the time of the alleged libels, Rambam was forced to invoke this state's "long-arm" statute, under which its courts will entertain suits against those outside the state, providing the defendants have had sufficient business or other contacts in California to suggest that they were operating here to exploit local legal advantages and protections thus making it reasonable to subject them to local court jurisdiction.|
In this case the Second District panel, in an opinion by Justice Mildred Lille, concluded that the evidence was lacking to show that Levy had sufficient contacts with California in recent years, and thus either general or libel-specific jurisdiction could not be established. Newspapers and other publications often, for example, sell at least a handful of copies in every state, but case law provides that the real test is not such minimal commerce but the foreseeability that the likely harm would occur in California.
In October 1997, plaintiff Steven Rambam filed an unverified complaint against
Jewish Defense Organization, Inc. (JDO) and Mordechai Levy (Levy) for defamation and
related causes of action, alleging that in 1997 and continuing to the present time, JDO and
Levy posted a world wide web page containing defamatory statements about Rambam,
including the statements that Rambam is a government informant and a snitch;
Rambam is a dangerous psychopath who tried to kill his mother; Rambam kidnapped
people but was never charged by the police; Rambam secretly admires the Nazis and
hates Jews; and Rambam is an anti-Semite who has been known to entrap Jews with no
prior criminal record into committing crimes.
caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/californiastatecases/b129319.pdf, blue emphasis added.