Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on Israel to come to a conclusion in the case against Malka Leifer and to decide whether or not they will extradite her to Australia for a slew of charges of misconduct with minors in the years between 2004 and 2008.
Leifer, who was a teacher at the time, is suspected of using her position as a teacher to abuse at least three children. The extradition hearing for Leifer from Israel has progressed for more than five years, in a large part, due to the suspected involvement of Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman. Litzman is suspected of using his influence to force numerous psychological and medical professionals to testify on behalf of Leifer and read from a script that they were presented with.
“We call for the matter to be resolved transparently and quickly. We also reaffirm our commitment to have Malka Leifer extradited to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse,” Morrison said in a statement he released after meeting with the former high school principal’s alleged victims Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer.
“I have previously raised this commitment with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will continue to raise this issue with the incoming Israeli leadership,” Morrison added. “The Australian government will be unswerving in seeking justice in this matter.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)