Lev Tahor members to appear at detention hearing

Nissan Malka motions for Chatham-Kent Children's Services workers to move away from the door to the...

Nissan Malka motions for Chatham-Kent Children's Services workers to move away from the door to the Lev Tahor school where the ultra-orthodox Jewish community is living north of Chatham. Chatham Ontario, Wednesday April 02, 2014. (Diana Martin/QMI Agency)

Vicki Gough, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. -- Three members of the runaway Jewish sect Lev Tahor who were arrested Wednesday in an immigration probe will appear Friday at a detention review in Toronto.

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada spokesman Charles Hawkins said the review will be a public proceeding.

Citing privacy concerns, he said he wasn't able to release names of the seven Lev Tahor members arrested Wednesday at their homes in Chatham.

As many as 19 children also were taken away by Canada Border Services Agency officials, child protection workers and Chatham-Kent police.

It's believed authorities are investigating expired immigration visas held by some of the approximately 200 members of the anti-Zionist group who moved from Quebec to Chatham in November.

QMI Agency has learned all of the children detained Wednesday have returned home.

One parent also was released Thursday and returned home with her six children.


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