Members of Chatham-Kent Children Services and Chatham-Kent police examined a number of homes in the town along with more than a dozen homes in a complex that belonged to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor. The authorities were implementing a court order that asked them to apprehend 14 youth who were the subjects of a court hearing on Wednesday. Several members of Lev Tahor community were present at the complex at the time of examination, but none of the children officials were specifically looking for were found at the complex.
Meanwhile, an emergency motion was filed in court by children services on Wednesday afternoon, but the context and content of that motion is unknown since the media was not allowed to be present at the time of court proceedings. The search of the complex has come at a time when the members of the sect were denied transit to Guatemala through Trinidad and Tobago. Immigration officials claim that the members of Lev Tahor boarded a plane in Toronto destined for Piarco International Airport on Monday. During an interview with the immigration authorities, they revealed to have discovered “inconsistencies” in the travel plan.