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    Israel - Australian accused of 74 child sex charges walks free

    Malka Leifer: Australian principal accused of 74 child sex charges walks free in Israel
    By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill and Fouad Abu-Ghosh
    ABC News 24
    Updated 47 minutes ago (as at 10:15 AEST 3/6/2016


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    Malka Leifer is wanted by Victorian police on 74 charges of indecent assault and rape. Supplied


    Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/662...x2-700x467.jpg

    'The former principal of an ultra-Orthodox girls school in Melbourne has been ruled mentally unfit to face extradition and had her home detention lifted in a move that has shocked and deeply concerned Australian officials.

    Key points:

    • Judge rules Malka Leifer unfit to face extradition

    • She is wanted by Victorian police for charges of indecent assault, rape

    • Leifer's house arrest will be lifted

    • Victims disappointed by move


    A Jerusalem judge has ruled that Malka Leifer is not mentally fit to face extradition proceedings to Australia.

    Leifer is wanted by Victorian police on 74 charges of indecent assault and rape allegedly involving girls at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne.

    In 2008, after accusations were first raised against her, the former principal fled to Israel with her family in the middle of the night, allegedly with the help of senior members of Melbourne's secretive Adass community.

    For two years, she has managed to evade 10 extradition proceedings, claiming that she faces panic attacks whenever scheduled court dates arise and that she is too unwell to attend court.

    On Thursday, a long-awaited report from the district psychiatrist agreed she was mentally unwell and Judge Amnon Cohen ruled she would not face an extradition hearing until she had completed psychiatric treatment that could go on for years.

    Her house arrest in Israel will be lifted, allowing her to walk free for the first time since she was arrested by Israeli police at the request of Australia in August 2014.

    However, the Israeli prosecutor's office has been given 72 hours to appeal the lifting of the house arrest and the ABC understands it will do this.'

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-0...s-free/7473246
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    Alleged Crim Offenses date back to 2008 & before

    Ms Lefier left Australia in 2008 - to go to Israel. About the Melbourne AUS "Adass community" Ms Leifer came from. Snipping from 2008 link, w my bolding.

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...126111234.html

    "Melbourne's Adass community is secretive and reclusive. That's how its members like it, writes Barney Zwartz.THEY could be called the Amish of the Jewish community: ultra-orthodox, ultra-reclusive and ultra-strict. On the Jewish Sabbath and holy days, the men of Melbourne's Adass community stand out with their tall fur hats and long, black silk coats, while the women usually cover their heads with a scarf or hat.

    ... no children's stories in which boys and girls are friends, no sex education before marriage — and almost no drop-outs from the community. The strict seclusion works."

    "The community of about 150 families is almost entirely self-sufficient, with its own kindergartens, schools, doctors, butcher, baker, circumciser and cemetery. Most are not rich, and families tend to be large. Most have six children and some have 13 or 14."

    "...much stricter in the past 10 years under spiritual leader Rabbi Avrohom Zvi Beck, and the younger members were more fanatical in their religious observance than their parents.
    "Walking, we are supposed to gaze at the ground, looking up only enough for safety, because we might look at a woman."

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    http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...126111228.html also dated 2008. Be sure to click thru to page 2.

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    Parents of present and past students said Mrs Leifer had molested students at school, at her home and probably at school camps. They said one victim had attempted suicide.The parents, who would not be named, said that Mrs Leifer would share her bed with different students when her rabbi husband was away. She would tell the students she was scared, although she had five children, aged five to 12, in the house."

    "One parent told The Age that Mrs Leifer, who is believed to be in her late 40s, was hand-picked from Israel to teach at the girls' school eight years ago, not because of her teaching abilities but for her ultra-orthodox beliefs. The parent said she was widely regarded as the second holiest person in the community, behind spiritual leader Rabbi Avrohom Zvi Beck."
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    Quote Originally Posted by al66pine View Post
    Ms Lefier left Australia in 2008 - to go to Israel. About the Melbourne AUS "Adass community" Ms Leifer came from. Snipping from 2008 link, w my bolding.

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...126111234.html

    "Melbourne's Adass community is secretive and reclusive. That's how its members like it, writes Barney Zwartz.THEY could be called the Amish of the Jewish community: ultra-orthodox, ultra-reclusive and ultra-strict. On the Jewish Sabbath and holy days, the men of Melbourne's Adass community stand out with their tall fur hats and long, black silk coats, while the women usually cover their heads with a scarf or hat.

    ... no children's stories in which boys and girls are friends, no sex education before marriage — and almost no drop-outs from the community. The strict seclusion works."

    "The community of about 150 families is almost entirely self-sufficient, with its own kindergartens, schools, doctors, butcher, baker, circumciser and cemetery. Most are not rich, and families tend to be large. Most have six children and some have 13 or 14."

    "...much stricter in the past 10 years under spiritual leader Rabbi Avrohom Zvi Beck, and the younger members were more fanatical in their religious observance than their parents.
    "Walking, we are supposed to gaze at the ground, looking up only enough for safety, because we might look at a woman."
    Quote Originally Posted by al66pine View Post
    http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...126111228.html also dated 2008. Be sure to click thru to page 2.

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    Parents of present and past students said Mrs Leifer had molested students at school, at her home and probably at school camps. They said one victim had attempted suicide.The parents, who would not be named, said that Mrs Leifer would share her bed with different students when her rabbi husband was away. She would tell the students she was scared, although she had five children, aged five to 12, in the house."

    "One parent told The Age that Mrs Leifer, who is believed to be in her late 40s, was hand-picked from Israel to teach at the girls' school eight years ago, not because of her teaching abilities but for her ultra-orthodox beliefs. The parent said she was widely regarded as the second holiest person in the community, behind spiritual leader Rabbi Avrohom Zvi Beck."
    Thanks for the background information. Almost cult-like IMO.

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    Malka Leifer: Bid to keep alleged paedophile off Israeli streets fails, bail returned
    By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill and Fouad Abu-Gosh
    ABC News online
    Updated Wed 8 Jun 2016, 6:25 AM AEST

    'Israel's state prosecutor has failed in a bid to see Malka Leifer, the former principal of an ultra-Orthodox girls school in Melbourne, returned to house arrest in Israel.'

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-0...-fails/7488576

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    Malka Leifer 'manipulated us': Alleged paedophile who preyed on secretive Jewish community
    By Sophie McNeill
    Posted Thu 7 Apr 2016, 5:32 PM AEST
    (Updated Fri 8 Apr 2016, 12:11 AM AEST)

    'Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.'

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-0...munity/7306950

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    PM to push Israel for extradition of ex-principal accused of abusing girls
    Steve Lillebuen
    The Age
    6 hours ago (as at 17:46 AEDT 23 Ictober 2017)

    ‘Pressure has been ramped up against Israel to deal with the long-stalled extradition of former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer, who fled Australia nearly a decade ago after being accused of sexually abusing her students.

    Fairfax Media has been told that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will directly raise the issue with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu during high-level talks in Jerusalem next week.’

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    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/pm...22-gz62n9.html
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    Malka Leifer: Ultra-orthodox Jewish community Adass Israel investigated over accused principal's escape
    7.30 BY LOUISE MILLIGAN
    UPDATED 47 MINUTES AGO (as at 18:01 AEDT 23 October 2017)

    ‘Victoria Police has confirmed it is investigating members of Melbourne's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, Adass Israel, after community leaders allegedly assisted a school principal to escape to Israel in the dead of night when they became aware she had been accused of abusing girls in her care.

    Key points:


    • Malka Leifer accused of molesting girls at the school where she was principal
    • Police investigating the Adass Israel community leaders who helped her leave the country
    • Alleged victim, Dassi Erlich, travelling to Israel to lobby for Leifer's extradition
    • Malcolm Turnbull says he will raise it when he visits Israel next week


    Malka Leifer fled to Israel in March 2008 after a psychologist made it known to leaders of the Adass Israel congregation that Dassi Erlich, a former pupil at the community's girl school, had made complaints of sexual assault — including rape — against Ms Leifer.

    She is one of at least eight, possibly 15, alleged victims.

    Seventy-four charges have been laid against Ms Leifer by Victoria Police.

    Ms Erlich, 30, spoke to 7.30 ahead of arriving in Israel today with her sisters, also Ms Leifer complainants, to lobby Israel to allow Ms Leifer to leave the ultra-orthodox community she is being housed in and be extradited to Australia.

    "I want to achieve justice, I want to achieve a growing awareness about this case," Ms Erlich told 7.30.’

    Read more at:

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-1...ncipal/9071604

    7.30 (segment will be uploaded here after program airs):

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/
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