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Australia Fugitive school principal Malka Leifer may finally be extradited to Australia from Israel after she is found fit to stand trial on dozens of child sex abuse charges

03:15  10 january  2020
03:15  10 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Malka Leifer , a former principal at Melbourne's ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel School for girls, fled Australia several years ago after learning of 74 criminal charges against her . The mother of eight has denied wrongdoing. Leifer has said she 's mentally unfit to stand trial since her arrest in Israel in 2014.

Malka Leifer is extradited to stand trial for sexually assaulting female students at Melbourne high school she led Jewish school has been found fit to stand trial in Australia on pedophilia charges , a She was re-arrested in 2018 after a police investigation raised questions about the true state of

a man and a woman posing for a picture: Former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer (pictured at Jerusalem court in 2008) could finally be extradited after she was deemed mentally fit to stand trial on Friday© Provided by Daily Mail Former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer (pictured at Jerusalem court in 2008) could finally be extradited after she was deemed mentally fit to stand trial on Friday A former Melbourne school principal accused of sexually abusing students may finally be extradited to Australia after she was deemed mentally fit to stand trial.

Malka Leifer was revealed to have been feigning mental illness after a panel of psychiatric experts submitted their findings to an Israeli court on Friday.

The 52-year-old is facing 74 charges of rape and child sexual assault of three female students during her time at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school in Elsternwick.

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Melbourne Jewish school principal will NOT be extradited to Australia to face 74 charges of child sex abuse – because of her mental health. Malka Leifer , in her 50s, is wanted in Victoria on 74 counts of child sexual abuse . Police claim she exploited 15 pupils as the principal of Adass Israel School .

In 2008, as the allegations surfaced, the Israeli-born woman left the school and returned to her birth country.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Former students Nicole Meyer and Dassi Erlich had accused Leifer of abuse in 2008© Provided by Daily Mail Former students Nicole Meyer and Dassi Erlich had accused Leifer of abuse in 2008 One of three sisters who have accused Leifer of abuse welcomed the panel's decision in an online post.

'We cannot believe this day has come!!! Incredible news!! We knew this all along! Such a long wait, justice has come!!' Dassi Erlich said on Twitter late on Thursday AEST.

Legal proceedings have been running since 2011 as defence lawyers repeatedly argued she was too unwell to attend court, leading to numerous psychiatric assessments.

Leifer was ruled unfit to stand trial in 2016 but an undercover investigation in Israel by the organisation Jewish Community Watch found she was apparently going about her daily life unhindered.

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Former Melbourne school principal accused of child sex crimes, Malka Leifer (pictured, right), has been deemed fit to face an extradition hearing in Israel . She will next appear in court on November 14, when it is expected Leifer 's lawyers will challenge two reports that recommend she stand for the

Leifer faces 74 charges of child sex abuse and rape relating to former pupils. Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 to avoid facing the sexual abuse charges . Dassi Erlich and her two sisters Nicole Meyer and Elly Leifer , who has always asserted she is mentally unfit to stand trial , has been captured in

She was arrested again in 2018 on charges of fraud and feigning mental illness.

a person smiling for the camera: The 52-year-old is facing 74 charges of rape and child sexual assault of three female students during her time at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school in Elsternwick© Provided by Daily Mail The 52-year-old is facing 74 charges of rape and child sexual assault of three female students during her time at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel school in Elsternwick

The court requested another psychological review and she has since been held in Israeli custody.

Leifer's lawyers Tal Gabbay and Yehuda Fried said they were confident the Jerusalem court would reject the panel's findings.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Ms Erlich took to Twitter following the court ruling to celebrate the decision© Provided by Daily Mail Ms Erlich took to Twitter following the court ruling to celebrate the decision

'It is important to emphasise and remind that two previous opinions ruling that Leifer is feigning (mental illness) and is fit to stand trial were wholly rejected by the court after a discussion of the evidence,' they told reporters.

'We expect that will be the case for this opinion as well.'

The psychiatric report is to be presented to the Jerusalem District Court on January 14, after which the judge is to decide whether the extradition hearings can proceed.

Manny Waks, the chief executive of Kol v'Oz, an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse, said his organization will do 'all that we can to ensure Leifer is put on a plane back to Australia as soon as possible.'

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by Daily Mail

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