Dakar Rally Sponsors Urged on Ostreicher Release

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Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) added his voice Tuesday to ask sponsors of the Dakar Rally to reroute the event away from Bolivia, unless that country frees U.S. businessman Jacob Ostreicher, an Orthodox Jew who has been held without charges since 2011.

Greenfield sent a letter to the race’s corporate sponsors — among them Honda, Red Bull, Michelin and Mitsubishi — asking them to formally request that Bolivia immediately release the Brooklyn entrepreneur.

The Dakar Rally is a world- renowned sports contest held each year by the Amaury Sport Organization. Its route originally ran between Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. In 2009, the rally was moved to South America, and for the first time, a portion of the course is slated to run through Bolivia for the 2014 event.

“In light of the clear miscarriage of justice being perpetrated by the Bolivian government in an unlawful attempt to seize Mr. Ostreicher’s business and assets, I was deeply disappointed in the decision to route the 2014 Dakar Rally through Bolivia,” Greenfield wrote to event sponsors.