May 26, 2020
An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that an Orthodox Jewish teacher accused of child sex abuse in Australia was mentally fit to stand trial, bringing her closer to extradition after years of legal battles.
The decision was hailed by alleged victims who have campaigned for years for Malka Leifer to be sent back to face trial.
Jerusalem district court judge Chana Lomp said that she had “decided to accept the expert panel’s opinion, the defendant is fit to stand trial”.
Lomp set July 20, 2020 as the date for the renewal of the extradition process.
Leifer, who was not in court on Tuesday, is accused of child sex abuse while she was a teacher and principal at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne, where she had emigrated from her native Israel.
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