Alleged pedophile Malka Leifer under house arrest, pending evaluation

Alleged pedophile Malka Leifer under house arrest, pending evaluation

Leifer is standing trial for extradition on 74 counts of sexual abuse in Australia against sisters Dassi Erlich, Ellie Sapper and Nicole Meyer while she was principal of an ultra-Orthodox school.

By Jeremy Sharon, ALEX WINSTON

October 2, 2019 13:32





2 minute read.

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexually abusing students, walks in the corridor of the Jerusalem District Court accompanied by Israeli Prison Service guards, in Jerusalem February 14, 2018.
(photo credit: REUTERS)

Alleged sex offender Malka Leifer will be released to house arrest on Friday the Jerusalem District Court ruled on Wednesday.

Following a decision last month by Judge Chana Miriam Lomp presiding over the case to appoint a new panel of psychiatric experts to evaluate Leifer’s mental fitness to stand extradition trial, Leifer’s lawyers appealed for her to be released from prison to house arrest.

Judge Lomp acquiesced to that request on Wednesday, and Leifer will be released to her house arrest in Bnei Brak with her sister.

The prosecution has until Friday to appeal the decision.

Leifer is standing trial for extradition on 74 counts of sexual abuse in Australia against sisters Dassi Erlich, Ellie Sapper and Nicole Meyer while she was principal of an ultra-Orthodox school. She has for many years claimed to be mentally unfit for extradition.

Leifer fled Australia to come to Israel in 2008, but legal proceedings against her only began in 2014.

A hearing on October 6 in the Jerusalem District Court will determine which psychiatrists will be on the three-member panel to decide whether she is mentally fit for extradition. The panel will be expected to issue its opinion by December 10.

Jewish Community Watch, whose private investigation restarted legal proceedings against Leifer in 2018, said in response, “We are bitterly disappointed that Malka Leifer has been granted bail and is being released to house arrest. It’s impossible to understand how Leifer, who has already proved herself to be a flight risk, contemptuous of the justice system, and a risk to children, would be allowed to leave prison.”

Leifer’s defense team has made it clear that their tactic is to drag out the proceedings for as long as possible and the court is shockingly allowing them to do so.

One of Leifer’s victims, Nicole Meyer, responded following the decision, “I am deeply shocked and astounded that someone who is well enough to house arrest isn’t well enough to go pot a plane. I am hurt by the State of Israel.”

Victim Dassi Erlich responded, “I can’t believe I am writing these words. LEIFER HAS BEEN GRANTED BAIL. Given that we are all aware that Leifer is a flight risk as well as the potential of her reoffending, this blatant disregard for the wellbeing of the Israeli community is outstanding.

“What message does this send to other potential victims?  “The court system is overly bureaucratic and vulnerable to exploitation from well funded parties.The news is intolarable and has left as reeling. We need time to process this massive betrayal of justice, therefore we will not be making any further media statements at this time.”

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