Adass Israel: police considering criminal offences

September 29, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Victoria police are considering the possibility of criminal offences having taken place when board members of a Jewish school allegedly expedited the departure of the headmaster to Israel ahead of allegations  of child sexual abuse.

Malka Leifer

Malka Leifer

Malka Leifer, the former principal of Melbourne’s Adass Israel School fled Australia in 2008 ahead of allegations of sexual assault on eight girls at the school.

Leifer is currently under house arrest in Israel as extradition proceedings get underway.

In Melbourne’s Supreme Court earlier this month one of the students was awarded over $1 million in damages against the school on the grounds of the Board’s actions in aiding Leifer to leave after she had been sacked and for their failure to report the incidents to the police.

A spokesperson for Victoria Police told J-Wire:  “Police will be looking at this as a broader part of the investigation to determine whether an offence has been committed.

As this is a current investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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