First photo of fugitive principal Malka Leifer since she fled Melbourne

A PRINCIPAL on the run from Victorian authorities is living overseas after beating attempts to have her extradited.

The first new picture of Malka Leifer emerged this week almost a decade after she fled Melbourne hours after allegations of her rampant sexual abuse were made public.

The mother of eight had been living under house arrest but is now free to come and go as she pleases while living in hiding in Israel.

She claimed she was psychotic to beat extradition attempts but was this week spotted enjoying herself during a traditional Jewish festival in the town of Meron.

Read the story by Shannon Deery in the Herald Sun.