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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

Court is dragging on in case of Malka Leifer

The court in charge of the case of the Haredi woman wanted in Australia on charges of sexual assault on students is slowing down the proceedings again:
The Jerusalem District Court decided Monday that it will appoint an expert panel of psychiatrists to rule on whether or not alleged sex offender Malka Leifer is fit to stand trial for extradition.

Judge Chana Miriam Lomp said that since there has been a considerable amount of conflicting information and testimony on the case, she needed to hear from a new expert panel in order to make a definitive ruling on Leifer’s mental fitness.

A hearing on October 6 in the Jerusalem District Court will determine which psychiatrists will be on the three-member panel. The panel will be expected to issue its opinion by December 10.

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.

The decision will mean that the legal efforts to extradite Leifer to Australia – which have already taken six years – will drag on even longer, frustrating Leifer’s alleged victims and activists who have waged a concerted campaign for Leifer to stand trial in Australia.

Jewish Community Watch (JCW) stated that it was very disappointed with the judge’s decision to consult with a new expert panel.

“After more than 57 court hearings, the court has pushed off the decision once again and assigned it to yet another group of psychiatrists,” the JCW said. “The real decisions the court has made today is that it wishes to be seen as an international embarrassment instead of a justice system which protects the most vulnerable.”

JCW pledged to continue to support the survivors.

“Their fight for justice is our fight, and we hope the community will rally around them until such time that Leifer is finally extradited back to Australia,” the advocacy group said.
Well this is definitely aggravating, that the court still sees fit to delay extradition yet again. I'm sorry, but this is unacceptable, and insulting to Australian authorities as well.

Furthermore, let's be clear. Anybody who would commit crimes as repellent as Leifer did should not be given privileges unafforded to non-Haredis. When somebody commits such crimes, they have to ready to accept what they'll face in a foreign prison, period, and there can be no exceptions. Leifer's extradition should be carried out immediately without legal wrangling.

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