Malka Leifer May Be Extradited to Australia on Child Sexual Abuse Charges, Under Israeli Court Rules | World news


An Israeli court has ordered that accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer can be extradited to Australia, the latest decision in a saga that has dragged on for more than a decade.Leifer, 52, is accused of sexually assaulting female students while she was principal of the ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel school in south-east Melbourne. Victorian police charged her with 74 offenses.

Wearing a red mask covering much of his face and appearing in Jerusalem District Court via a video link from the prison on Monday, Leifer looked down as the brief ruling was read.

Dassi Erlich, one of three Australian sisters who accused Leifer of abuse, called the move “a victory for all survivors.”

“Years of expiration to hold our breath!” she wrote on Twitter. “We truly appreciate each person by our side in our refusal to remain silent! Today our hearts are smiling!

Dassi Erlich #bringleiferback

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A victory for justice !!
A victory for all survivors !!
Years of expiration to hold our breath!
We truly appreciate each person by our side in our refusal to remain silent!
Today our hearts are smiling!

September 21, 2020

After the allegations against Leifer were made, she traveled to Israel in 2008, and an extradition request was filed in 2014. Leifer denied the charges.

Leifer appealed against her extradition on the grounds that she was mentally ill, but earlier this month Israel’s Supreme Court dismissed an appeal against the district court’s ruling that she was fit to stand trial.

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, Leifer’s accusers believed Judge Chana Miriam Lomp would rule in favor of extradition. Leifer, an Israeli citizen, is expected to seek leave for another Supreme Court appeal after the ruling.

Before she can be returned to Australia, the Israeli Minister of Justice must also approve the extradition.

Australian Labor MP Josh Burns, whose Macnamara electorate includes the Adass Israel School, said “finally justice has won the day” and called on Israeli courts and government to move forward “without no more delay ”.


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