The Leifer saga shleps on

November 29, 2018 by Michael Kuttner
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After eleven months the courtroom soap opera-like drama concerning the extradition of Malka Leifer to Australia continues.

Michael Kuttner

This week yet another hearing was held in Jerusalem. The defendant herself once again did not appear as her lawyers had once more convinced the authorities that her mental health was such that any appearance would cause serious symptoms. This time the hearing took place behind closed doors with minimal publicity and no input from the victims concerned.

One of Israel’s leading newspapers has reported Wednesday about a campaign of “dirty tricks” which had been contemplated by associates of Leifer. According to the newspaper report a media consultant had been hired to prepare a campaign against her possible extradition.

Revealed for the first time by the paper was a plan to target the Israeli Minister of Justice and impugn her motives. This has not occurred but the paper’s revelations that it had been contemplated has garnered headlines and thrown into bold relief the extent to which Leifer’s supporters are prepared to go in order to prevent her facing justice in Australia.

The end result of this week’s hearing was another delay until January 2019 when yet more reports from a further two psychiatrists will be presented.

How much longer will it take for this case to be finally adjudicated?

With all the legal twists and turns being employed and stalling tactics successfully deployed it is anyone’s guess. The old adage that “justice delayed is justice denied” is very appropriate as far as the victims to this drama are concerned.


One Response to “The Leifer saga shleps on”
  1. ben gershon says:

    one needs to follow the money and find out and name her supporters .to see what they are hiding ?

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