Malka Leifer: another psychiatric test

May 17, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Malka Leifer, wanted in Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse, did not appear in court yesterday in Israel where Australian authorities seek her extradition.

Malka Leifer released from handcuffs
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At the Jerusalem District Court, Leifer’s legal representative Yehuda Fried heard the judge requested a further psychiatric test. Leifer is also facing court in Israel for feigning mental illness.

The offences were allegedly committed when Leifer was principal of the ultra orthodox Adass Yisroel school in Melbourne.

Leifer remains in prison and did not attend the hearing regarding her extradition as her lawyer claimed she was unwell.

The next hearing is set down for May 31.

Child sex abuse advocate Manny Waks said: “Today’s outcome was disappointing, especially for the alleged victims who are waiting with bated breath for news. We’re hoping for more next time.”

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3 Responses to “Malka Leifer: another psychiatric test”
  1. Brian Cherrie says:

    She must be brought back to Australia to face Justice, there can be NO excuses as child sexual abuse is a henious crime. She will be given a fair trial where she has every right to challenge her accusers and plead not guilty if she wishes to. No one accused of these crimes should be allowed to use the Justice system in a way to avoid extradition.

  2. Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone says:

    It is apparent that Leifers lawyer is desperately attempting to stall her extradition by using the fact that the accused child abused is taking anti psychotic medication.
    I find this a vile but predictable manipulation of the Israeli legal system.
    I pray to G-d that this peverse charade end very soon and the accused be place on trial in Melbourne as soon as possible.

    • Paul Winter says:

      I agree 100%. The ones in need of psychiatric assessment are the judges who tolerate this charade!

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