Lev Tahor members in Trinidad and Tobago: reports

The saga of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Lev Tahor sect has reportedly taken a surprising turn.

A southern Ontario news site called BlackburnNews.com suggests nine Lev Tahor members — three adults and six children — have been detained at an airport in Trinidad and Tobago, after taking a flight from Toronto on Monday.

They apparently told immigration officials at Piarco airport near the capital, Port of Spain, that they were on their way to Mexico and were denied entry, and refused to get on a plane back to Canada — calling a lawyer instead.

Last month, a judge in Chatham-Kent upheld a Quebec court ruling that ordered 13 children into foster care in Quebec.

A southern Ontario court was due to hear an appeal today. That hearing will take place at a later date instead.

A group of about 200 Lev Tahor members fled Ste-Agathe-des-Monts for southern Ontario in November.

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