Lev Tahor Get Guatemalan Hearing

Children of Lev Tahor watch group members move into Chatham.

Canadian authorities working to seize children from the Lev Tahor Jewish sect in Guatemala will now have to wait until after a hearing on Monday.

A Guatemalan court ruling on Friday will allow the six children to stay with the three adults currently in the Central American country, blocking Canadian efforts to bring the children back to Chatham where a child custody hearing is taking place.

Members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect left Canada while appealing an Ontario court decision upholding a Quebec court order for 14 Lev Tahor children to be placed in foster care.

Members of the sect have been apprehended at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on a return flight from Trinidad and Tobago after being stopped by immigration officials in that country. A 17-year-old girl and her infant daughter from the Lev Tahor sect were also stopped at Calgary International Airport with the two part of the group of 14 Lev Tahor children ordered into foster care.