Malka Leifer extradition trial concludes

It has been nine years since police statements against Leifer were first made in Australia, totalling 74 charges of child abuse, including multiple rape charges.

The statements were provided by three Melbourne sisters – Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper – who attended the Ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel School where Leifer was principal.

Leifer’s defence team on Monday were granted the opportunity to deliver their arguments first, initially claiming she wouldn’t receive a fair trial in Australia if she was to be extradited because the media has portrayed her as a “monster”.

Her lawyers went on to detail that one of the complainants had said “No” in one of the incidents of alleged abuse, arguing that that was therefore evidence they knew what sex was, creating a contradictory argument.

The defence continually claimed the sisters, who have been fighting to have Leifer extradited for years, were not taken advantage of.

Further to the arguments surrounding consent and knowledge of the act, Leifer’s lawyers convinced the court to read all of the issues she would face in an Australian jail, considering she is Ultra-Orthodox Jewish.

Read the article by Tessa Fox in the Northern Daily Leader.