Malka Leifer: Australian principal accused of 74 child sex charges walks free in Israel

03/06/2016

By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill and Fouad Abu-Ghosh

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.

Australian officials shocked by decision

Leifer’s treatment in a clinic in a Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood will begin next week and would initially last for six months, but during that time she is only required to receive five treatments.

A committee will then assess whether she is fit to stand trial. If she is continually found to be mentally unfit she may evade her extradition trial indefinitely.

The Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv says it is studying the judgement closely and assessing its implications, but the ABC understands Australian officials were shocked and deeply concerned by the decision.

Ambassador Dave Sharma said the Embassy was discussing the next step with the Israeli State Attorney’s office.

“We are committed to seeing this woman extradited to Australia to face these very serious child sex abuse charges,” he said.

“We are determined to be patient and persevere to this end with the view to seeing her extradited.”

At a hearing in February, Israeli prosecutor Avital Ribner Oron challenged Leifer’s medical claims, telling the judge she believed the former principal was “faking” her illness in order to get rid of the case.

At the same hearing, Judge Amnon also noted concerns about Leifer’s behaviour that were raised by the head of the psychiatric department of a hospital she attended in January.

“There is a sharp difference between her behaviour in the [psychiatric] department, among groups, during telephone conversations with family and in her formal examinations,” documents tabled to the court said.

These doubts over her medical claims made today’s decision unexpected.

‘The decision speaks for itself’

State prosecutor Avital Ribner-Oron was visibly unhappy in court after the decision was announced but said she could not make a comment about the case.

Photo: Yehuda Fried is a lawyer for Malka Leifer. (ABC News: Sophie McNeill)

In a statement, the Israeli State Attorney’s office told the ABC: “The decision speaks for itself, we have no official response”.

In a civil case against the Adass Israel School and Leifer, last September a Melbourne judge awarded one of the alleged victims $1.27 million in damages.

In April, one of Leifer’s alleged victims, Rebecca (not her real name), spoke out for the first time, outraged the former principal had been avoiding extradition proceedings.

Today, she said she was shocked and horrified to learn of the latest developments.

“How can it be that she is not fit enough to stand trial but she only has to go to the psychologist once a month?” Rebecca asked.

“It’s mindboggling. I’ve lost all hope that she will face justice.”

Rebecca questioned who had funded Leifer’s long legal battle to avoid extradition.

“She’s clearly got good lawyers. They are paying anything to make sure she never faces trial. She has powerful connections,” she said.

The victims are devastated: advocate

Australian-Israeli victim advocate Manny Waks is the head of a global body to advocate on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse from within the Jewish community.

He said he was outraged by the decision.

“Some of Leifer’s alleged victims feel devastated and completely let down by Israel’s legal system,” he said.

“They are also now fearful of bumping into her on the street.”

Mr Waks said that if Leifer was so unwell that she could not even attend court, she needed to be in a psychiatric ward.

“And when she’s well enough, she should be brought before the court to face the long-overdue extradition hearing,” he said.

“This will ensure both justice for the alleged victims and the safety of Israel’s children.”

He said it was “disappointing” the Israeli authorities rejected Australia’s offer to assess Leifer and look after her psychiatric needs in Australia.

 

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-03/australian-principal-accused-of-74-child-sex-charges-walks-free/7473246

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6 Responses to “Malka Leifer: Australian principal accused of 74 child sex charges walks free in Israel”

  1. Men Scryfa says:

    “The decision speaks for itself”, indeed it does.

    Yehuda Fried, her lawyer cannot even get his shirt ironed properly, but clearly through sheer skill and intellect can get his client off, of course, of course. Not corruption and moral depravity behind the scenes of a Satanic regime that is this so-called Israel state……

    Judge them by their fruits. Everything about that nation is false.

    Great postings Gordon Henry et al keep them coming, I hope readership is up.

  2. Men Scryfa says:

    http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/free-palestine-speech-gets-uk-teen-kicked-competition

    Teen Kicked Out of UK Event Supposedly About ‘Speaking Out’ for Calling for a Free Palestine
    The girl’s winning speech insulted others by spreading pro-Palestine “propaganda,” according to the organizers.
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    A 15-year-old girl was kicked out of a speech competition on Sunday for “propaganda” after delivering a winning speech on the rights of Palestinians and Muslims.

    The Speak Out Challenge, the largest youth speaking event in the world, disqualified British-Palestinian Leanne Mohamad after receiving a complaint about her speech, which went viral after her regional win. In her speech, Mohamad described the onslaught against the rights of Palestinian children, who she said are accorded less protection than dogs. Her baby cousin, she said, passed away a few weeks ago because he was denied medical attention in the occupied territories.

    She also widened her speech to attack Islamophobia, saying, “Islam is perfect, but I’m not. So if I make a mistake, you blame it on me, and not on my religion, because terrorism has no religion.” The complaint, according to the Jewish Chronicle, came from Edgar Davidson, who blogs against supposed anti-Israel bias in the United Kingdom and runs the satirical Free Palestine Now site.

    “Why is it called a ‘Speak Out Challenge’ when I am then silenced?” Mohamad later tweeted, complaining of the litany of abuse she has faced on social media. “Absolutely appalled to receive such hateful messages from adults on Twitter. I’m 15 years old, you should be ashamed,” she tweeted.

    The judging panel “unanimously” eliminated Mohamad from the final rounds because she ostensibly violated two rules, according the Speakers Trust, which trains students for the competition: “There are two fundamental rules that are made explicit during the training: the speech must have a positive and uplifting message—in fact this is one of the core terms of the agreement with the Jack Petchey Foundation (and) a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others and this, by definition, means that propaganda is ruled out absolutely from the outset,” the group said in a statement. Mohamad, who ended her speech by waving a Palestinian flag and calling for a “Free Palestine,” has since had her remarks removed from YouTube and the Speakers Trust website.

    • Men Scryfa says:

      Of course that is what most of us British, German, Scandinavian men do, we turn up in someone else’s country get offered hospitality, food and shelter and then turn around and rape the woman of the house… Of course this is not what we do. Race Matters. Race is almost All Important. Discard the lies of International Jewry and take action.

      The first step must be to enforce UN Resolutions against the so-called State of Israel. Give them 12 hours to comply in full and begin reparations (amount to be set later by true Israelite Europeans) otherwise then it is straight to Military Enforcement, no sanctions no boycotting. At the same time every single Marxist/Satanic policy in every Western Nation will be reversed and any nations who’s nationals were involved will be collectively punished.

      That is how to secure harmony, justice, peace and truth for our children and our children’s children.

  3. sovereigntea says:

    In the May 2015 UK General election, Sir Edward Leigh MP once again won the Gainsborough seat for the Conservatives and increased his majority by 4,890 to 15,449. The election itself is now the subject of inquiries by Police for election fraud.

    In the 1990’s Scallywag magazine wrote about the Dolphin Square antics of Edward Leigh MP claiming he attended a paedo party at the flat of Robert Banks MP on 14th November 1992.

    1987 Banks attended a Yorkshire Television luncheon with other guests including two alleged paedophiles, David Nicholson and Leon Brittan.

    1992 Banks reportedly made an “unofficial” visit to Sudan with two parliamentary colleagues, Michael Colvin, who died in an unusual fire at his house in 2000, and Thomas Michael “Tom” Cox.
    Allegations: Edit

    Robert Banks was significantly involved in the Westminster paedophile network along with lobbyists Ian Greer and Derek Laud and a number of politicians and VIPs. This is according to the investigative journal Scallywag. Vulnerable male children were trafficked by the network from care homes in North Wales and elsewhere to locations including Dolphin Square in Pimlico. Moreover, the Westminster paedophile network organised ‘paedophile parties’ at locations including apartments at Dolphin Square, where coerced and trafficked underage boys are said to have been assaulted and raped by MPs and other prominent individuals.
    Banks is identified as being the named tenant of the Dolphin Square flat in which, on the evening of 14th November 1992, a ‘paedophile party’ took place, organised by the network described above. Banks apparently took part in sexually assaulting and/or raping underage boys at the ‘paedophile party’. Parliamentary colleagues also at the 14th November 1992 ‘paedophile party’ are said to have included MPs Michael Portillo, Peter Lilley, David Nicholson, Edward Leigh, Alistair Cooke, Michael Brown and others. The source of the allegations against Robert Banks is Anthony Lillis, who himself was at the 14th November 1992 ‘paedophile party’ for part of the evening (though Lillis claims that he left early). Lillis has indicated that he was employed by Banks at the time of the ‘paedophile party’ as Banks’ parliamentary researcher. The day following the 14th November 1992 ‘paedophile party’ – i.e. on 15th November 1992 – Lillis alleges that Banks threatened him not to tell anyone about what took place at the ‘paedophile party’ of the previous night.
    http://vips.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Banks

    ..

    Sir Edward Leigh, 64, held meetings in Westminster with businessman
    Duncan Breeze was jailed after thousands of indecent images were found
    He is now a consultant to a company of which Sir Edward is the chairman
    Meetings in parliament building are not thought to have broken any rules
    Sir Edward has defended relationship and said he believes in ‘redemption’

    The MP for Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, would have had to approve Breeze’s attendance in the House of Commons under strict security rules, and special pass would have been issued.

    He told the newspaper: ‘Duncan Breeze told me he had a conviction. As far as I’m concerned, it is in the past.

    ‘I believe in redemption and forgiveness. He has served his time. His former life is nothing to do with me.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2846185/Top-Tory-MP-invites-paedophile-business-consultant-House-Commons-lunch-meetings.html

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