Statement on further delays to Malka Leifer’s extradition case

Malka Leifer.

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) expressed its deep disappointment that the extradition of Malka Leifer to face justice in Australia has been delayed yet again.

It is disturbing that Leifer may be granted bail and continue to avoid facing the 74 charges of child sexual abuse from her time as principal of the Adass Israel School in Melbourne, while her mental health is assessed by a new panel of psychiatrists.

Given that it has been more than 18 months since Leifer’s initial arrest, and over 10 years since her first alleged victims initially came forward, the additional delay must be a cause of great anguish to her alleged victims. We again call on everyone concerned to do everything in their power, consistent with the rule of law, to expedite the judicial processes which will hopefully see her finally face justice for her alleged crimes.