00:18 GMT15 May 2021
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    Last week US financier and convicted sexual offender Jeffrey Epstein was indicted by the US federal prosecutor on charges of sex-trafficking minors. During an FBI agent raid on Epstein’s Manhattan residence last week, “piles of cash”, diamonds and an expired foreign passport, were revealed that some media claim is Saudi Arabian.

    The passport the authorities obtained from the financier’s safe appeared to be issued by Austria and expired 32 years ago, according to Epstein's defence document.

    It was issued in the 1980s and is believed to serve for the “personal protection” of Epstein during his travel to the Middle East.

    The reason for such extraordinary safety measures, according to the memo, is that Epstein is “an affluent member of the Jewish faith,” thus he could be exposed to kidnapping, hijacking, or terrorist attacks, while traveling to “dangerous areas.”

    Meanwhile, prosecutors filed additional information regarding what was found in the accused child sex trafficker’s safe.

    According to the prosecutor’s document, Epstein was in possession of “more than $70,000 in cash…, 48 loose diamond stones…,as well as a large diamond ring,” as well as the aforementioned the passport.

    The prosecution concluded that having “ready cash and loose diamonds” is “consistent with the capability to leave the jurisdiction at a moment’s notice,” thus it was ruled that “the defendant be detained pending trial.”

    Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, was arrested on 6 July and charged with sex trafficking minors by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. He pleaded not guilty to “sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of minor girls” at his lavish residences in Manhattan and Palm Beach between 2002-2005. 

    Epstein is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a fortress-like jail, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, US District Judge Richard Berman reportedly said he would announce his bail decision on Thursday, stressing that he needed more time to absorb the case.

    Epstein reportedly faces up to 45 years in US prison if convicted.

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