Former Melbourne headmistress Malka Leifer fit to face extradition hearing, psychiatrists tell Israeli court

An Israeli court has received psychiatrist reports suggesting former Melbourne headmistress Malka Leifer is fit to face an extradition hearing.

Jerusalem’s chief psychiatrist has recommended that former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer is fit to face an extradition hearing in Israel over the alleged sexual abuse of girls.

Key points:

  • Jerusalem’s District Psychiatrist approved two reports saying Ms Leifer was fit to stand trial
  • Australia has been seeking her extradition since 2014
  • Alleged victim Dassi Erlich says she now wants to see an extradition trial date set

The Australian-Israeli has been in a high-security women’s prison in Israel since February, accused of abusing girls at the Adass Israel ultra-orthodox Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne more than a decade ago.

Australia has been seeking her extradition since 2014 but the case had stalled for years as Leifer presented evidence her fragile mental health would be damaged by the stress of a trial.

She was arrested in February, after an undercover Israeli police investigation found she was fit to stand trial.

Source: Malka Leifer fit to face extradition hearing, psychiatrists tell Israeli court – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)