Magistrate Jon Scoles on Monday denied a release for former Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin pending his trial.
Prosecutors allege Rubashkin tried to tamper with evidence when he was released from jail after earlier charges of harboring illegal immigrants, document fraud and identity theft. Rubashkin pleaded not guilty to those charges and is being held at the Dubuque County Jail.
There is a concern that Rubashkin might flee to Israel where he would be an automatic citizen. There is an extradition treaty between the US and Israel, but apparently Israel rarely honors it.
One more interesting point about this story. Rubashkin and his associates were operating a meth lab out of their meat packing plants but this apsect of the case has vanished from the already-slim media reports about the Agriprocessor scandal.