Will Tuesday be Decision Day?

May 22, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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In the Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday, Judge Chana Lomp is scheduled to hand down her ruling on Malka Leifer’s mental fitness to face the hearing seeking her extradition from Israel to Australia to face 74 charges of alleged child sexual abuse.

Malka Leifer in court June 14, 2018 Photo: Hillel Maeir/TPS

Child sexual abuse advocate Manny Waks has been instructed to attend the court representing the presence of the three Melbourne sisters who are among the alleged victims.

Waks said: If the judge finds Leifer is fit to attend court, the decision will immediately be appealed by Leifer’s defence, which would be heard in the Jerusalem High Court.

He added: “While the court hearing is expected to be open, due to the Corona-virus restrictions, only people directly associated with the case will be allowed to be in attendance. I’m pleased and humbled that the three courageous sisters, Nicole Meyer, Dassi Erlich and Elly Sapir, have entrusted me with the task of reporting directly from the court-room as their representative.”

Malka Leifer fled Melbourne flying to Israel in 2008 ahead of charges being laid. There have been more than 60 court hearings in the process of seeking her extradition to Melbourne. She has claimed she has psychiatric problems preventing her for making a court appearance.

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