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Jerusalem - Former Australian School Principal Sent Back To Psychiatric Facility

Published on: March 8, 2018 01:30 PM
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FILE - An Ultra orthodox woman, a teacher wanted in Australia for child sex abuse arrested ahead of extradition, seen at the Magistrate's Court in Petach Tikva. February 13, 2018. Photo by Flash90 FILE - An Ultra orthodox woman, a teacher wanted in Australia for child sex abuse arrested ahead of extradition, seen at the Magistrate's Court in Petach Tikva. February 13, 2018. Photo by Flash90

Jerusalem - Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered a woman accused of sex crimes in Australia to be kept in police custody in a medical facility while it considers moving her to house arrest.

Australia wants 54-year-old Malka Leifer extradited for allegedly abusing children while she was a teacher at a local school. Israel’s state prosecution says she is feigning mental illness to avoid extradition. Her extradition is the subject of a separate court case.

Leifer’s lawyer, Yehuda Fried, told the court Thursday his client was not a flight risk.

He said: “She has nowhere to go. She is wanted worldwide.”

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The prosecution had appealed after a lower court decision that would have seen Leifer freed from police custody on Friday.

Leifer was arrested following an undercover investigation at Interpol’s request.



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 Mar 08, 2018 at 04:37 PM Esther Says:

Oy,may she be shipped off to Australia soon and her victims see justice! Eretz Hakoidesh should not be an asylum for child molesters!!!

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 Mar 09, 2018 at 12:44 AM yosher Says:

This refusal to respect extradition requests for pedophiles is common to the Israel legal (NON justice) system. In Israel it's the courts and the police that pervert justice, in America it's the Rabbonim do the same.

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