06-02-2016, 08:20 PM #1
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
Malka Leifer is wanted by Victorian police on 74 charges of indecent assault and rape. Supplied
'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.
• 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.'
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06-02-2016, 11:19 PM #2Registered User
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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.
"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."
06-02-2016, 11:21 PM #3Registered User
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http://www.theage.com.au/news/nation...126111228.html also dated 2008. Be sure to click thru to page 2.
"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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06-15-2016, 05:59 PM #4
06-15-2016, 06:05 PM #5
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.'
06-15-2016, 06:11 PM #6
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.'
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