Malka Leifer, 74 Counts of Sexual Assault and 6 Years of Extradition Battles While Israel Harbored an Alleged Abuser

Malka Leifer set to return to Australia as Israeli minister signs extradition order

Malka Leifer is led from the court by a police woman.
Malka Leifer this week lost an appeal at Israel’s Supreme Court.(ABC News: Sophie McNeill)

Israel’s Justice Minister said he has signed an extradition order to send former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer back to Australia to face 74 charges of sexual abuse.

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said that after a years-long legal saga, it was Israel’s “moral responsibility” to extradite Ms Leifer.

Mr Nissenkorn signed the order a day after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected what appears to be Ms Leifer’s final appeal.

Ms Leifer, an Israeli citizen, is accused of abusing three sisters during her time as headmistress of the Adass Israel School between 2001 and 2008.

She allegedly fled Australia for Israel in 2008 when she learned the women were planning to file a complaint with police.

Australia lodged an extradition request for Ms Leifer in 2014, but the case has been repeatedly delayed.

In January, a panel of psychiatrists concluded the 54-year-old was faking her mental illness to avoid extradition, which led to the finding in Israel’s District Court.

Ms Leifer maintains her innocence and the six-year legal battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.

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2 thoughts on “Malka Leifer, 74 Counts of Sexual Assault and 6 Years of Extradition Battles While Israel Harbored an Alleged Abuser

  1. The image that Leifer gives ultra-Orthodox Judaism is just priceless. Hopefully her sickness will serve as a warning for any naive Jews considering extremist Jewish cult religion.

    She covers her hair for piety, like a pig holds out its hooves and declares it’s “kosher.”
    She’s a worldwide chillul HaShem. The day she’s sentenced to pay for her crimes, there will be multinational celebrations.

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    • Glad to see you back. Could not agree with you more. Beyond the Chillul Hashem that she herself represents, the State of Israel allowing her to spend years and years and years fighting extradition is itself a horrible example for the world. It has become a safe haven for the world’s criminals (even for non-Jews) and this is a problem that every Jew needs to confront. Hopefully Leifer will be punished and her victims will have some peace.


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