The Times of Israel reports the judicial ruling that Malka Leifer is mentally fit to face an extradition hearing which is scheduled for July 20, 2020. Leifer stands accused in Australia of sexually abusing 3 sisters when she was principal of the Adaas girls high school in Melbourne. Just as the allegations got known the Adass board shipped her out on an early morning flight to Israel where she has since dodged extradition requests by faking mental illness. Israel’s anti abuse advocate, Shana Aaronson together with colleagues, hired a private investigator who documented a well functioning Leifer going about all sorts of tasks in spite of claims she could not do any of those. The other party to the fraud was the then Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman who acting on the behest of the Ger/Gur Hasidic group, exerted pressure on psychologists to go along with a false diagnosis of incapacity. Litzman is now being investigated for corruption in connection with this fraud. (He is still in the government but now heads the housing ministry).
Today on the 67th hearing, years after Australia requested her extradition, the court finally ruled that Leifer is mentally competent enough to participate in an extradition hearing which has been scheduled for July 20th. We can only hope that this exhausting travesty of delays ends soon and Leifer is finally in the docket in Australia.
Kudos to the 3 brave sisters who have endured much, first at the hands of Leifer and the board who protected her and then at the hands of corruption by the Israel Health Minister and the Israeli Judicial system. Thanks to them, who have borne the heaviest burden of all, we may well finally see justice.