Leifer fails to show

February 22, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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At a hearing in the Jerusalem District Court Sunday the Judge issued a ruling that Malka Leifer, former principal of the Adass Yisroel Girls School in Melbourne, accused of sexual abuse, be re-evaluated by a State psychiatrist.

Malka Leifer

Malka Leifer

Her fight to avoid extradition to Australia to stand trial has dragged on for 18 months. She has so far successfully evaded being sent back because of alleged panic attacks every time a court hearing has been set. This time, her defence lawyer unsuccessfully argued to have the case dismissed because of his client’s medical condition. However on this occasion the judge rejected the plea and ordered another evaluation by a state psychiatrist which will be presented to the court on 20 March at which time he will decide on if and how the case should proceed.

The State prosecutor maintained that Malka Leifer’s panic attacks were designed to permanently postpone her return to Australia and that the question of whether she was fit to stand trial was a matter for the Australian courts to decide.

The former principal at Melbourne’s Adass Israel girls’ school fled Australia in 2008 ahead of formal complaints.

Although this case has been virtually ignored by the Israeli media in the past, it now seems that local support groups of sexual abuse s are rallying behind the victims and demanding that the matter be speedily resolved.

The Australian reported that the district psychiatrist who has been instructed by the court to examine Leifer had evaluated Leifer before and “found she was not faking her symptoms”.

The State prosecutor is reported as having said that Leifer had no interest in getting well and that her state of health in regarding to facing a trial “was not one for the Israeli court to consider adding ‘this discussion os for Australia'”.

Manny Waks, himself a sex abuse victim at a Melbourne Yeshiva school, who now lives in Israel, expressed frustration that Malka Leifer has managed to evade facing trial for so long but at the same time he was gratified that at long last the Israeli court seemed determined to expedite proceedings.

Waks told J-Wire: “I’m pleased that the judge has rejected Ms Leifer’s legal team’s request to dismiss the case. I look forward to the psychiatrist’s recommendations after a comprehensive review of the case. Most importantly, I hope that we see justice for the numerous alleged victims.”




2 Responses to “Leifer fails to show”
  1. Liat Kirby-Nagar says:

    Seems to me it would be normal to have panic attacks at the thought of having to face what Malka Leifer should face as a result of the allegations against her. There is no doubt she should go through the Australian Justice system procedures, as should those who enabled her escape to Israel.

  2. Erica Edelman says:

    The evidence is over-whelming.
    She will have plenty of time in prison to work out
    What her panic attacks are all about.
    She must be punished – panic attacks or not.
    I’m sure her victims will be able to report she wasn’t
    Having panic attacks when she did what she did to them.
    Bring her back- she apparently was able to fly to Israel – she
    Can fly back.
    And don’t forget to put on trial the criminals who
    Warned her of her imminent charges.
    They are just as culpable.

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