Accused child sex abuser Malka Leifer to stay in jail while extradition case is heard

The Sydney Morning Herald via AAP

March 19, 2018

With Gabrielle Weiniger

A former Melbourne principal accused of child sex crimes will remain behind bars after a successful appeal against her release to home detention in an Israeli court.

Ms Leifer is the former principal of the ultra-Orthodox Adass girls’ school in Elsternwick in Melbourne’s south-east.

An Israeli judge had said that Malka Leifer could be released to home detention earlier this month after a rabbi offered to take care of her while she awaited an extradition outcome.

But days later, the rabbi withdrew his support for Ms Leifer to be released on house arrest.

Ms Leifer had been ordered to stay in police custody in a medical facility while the Supreme Court considered the prosecution’s appeal against her release to home detention.

The court has now ruled that Ms Leifer is to remain in detention until the completion of the extradition proceedings.

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