Sean Penn Speaks Up for Jacob Ostreicher

Posted May 20, 2013 at 1:38pm

House lawmakers will dive back into the ongoing saga of unlawfully detained American businessman Jacob Ostreicher at this afternoon’s meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

Ostreicher, who languished for months in a ramshackle Bolivian prison without ever being formally charged with anything and remains barred from returning stateside, has been the subject of two prior Foreign Affairs inquiries.

Both Subcommittee Chairman Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., and actor-cum-human-rights-advocate Sean Penn, who will be testifying at the 3: 00 p.m. hearing in Rayburn 2172, have previously traveled to Bolivia to try and speed Ostreicher’s release.