Dassi and Nicole turn to the PM for assistance

October 23, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Dassi Erlich and her sister Nicole Meyer have met with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to seek assistance in expediting the extradition of their former school principal Malka Leifer who is facing 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

Dassi Erlich, Scott Morrison and Nicole Meyer

Following the meeting at the Australian Parliament House, Scott Morrison said: “Today I met with courageous sisters Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer.

Their brave campaign for justice for the horrific allegations of abuse committed against them, and others, is to be commended and supported.

We acknowledge how deeply traumatic and painful it must be for those having to revisit the hurts of the past, and we acknowledge the immense bravery of the victims in this case, and all similar cases.

We stand with them.

My Government is strongly committed to ensuring that justice is served in the case of Malka Leifer.

This matter is currently before the justice system in Israel and we call for the matter to be resolved transparently and quickly. We also reaffirm our commitment to have Malka Leifer extradited to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

I have previously raised this commitment with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will continue to raise this issue with the incoming Israeli leadership. The matter has also been raised frequently by Foreign Minister Marise Payne and the embassy officials.

Australia is a strong and committed friend and partner of Israel.

That friendship is based on many things, including our shared commitment to justice, democracy and the rule of law.

The Australian Government will be unswerving in seeking justice in this matter.

We are committed to ensuring all Australian children are safe and protected from abuse.”

Malka Leifer remains in an Israeli prison as the long-drawn-out court battle to secure her extradition drags on.”\

Dassi Erlich posted on Facebook: “Our meeting with the Prime Minister was extremely productive and encouraging. The PM expressed that he has raised this issue directly with PM Netanyahu & will continue to raise Australia’s strong interest in the case with the Israeli PM

We felt heard and supported.

The PM also assured us that Leifer’s victims have not and will not be forgotten.

It feels very validating to have this strong level of support from the AU Goverment.”

 

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