Israel Prime Minister to weigh in on Melbourne teacher sex case

ISRAEL’S prime minister has promised to take a fresh look at extraditing a former Melbourne teacher wanted in Australia for allegedly molesting her students.

Malka Leifer is accused of sexually assaulting girls in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Melbourne before fleeing beyond the reach of justice back to Israel.

An Israeli court ended her home detention in June after a psychiatrist found she was not mentally fit to face an extradition trial until she completes treatment, which could go on for years.

If Leifer returns to Victoria she faces prosecution for 74 sexual abuse offences against 10 girls at the Adass Israel School.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Leifer during a recent trip to Israel.

Read the article by Angus Livingston in the Herald Sun.