CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state chief on Tuesday described an Israeli court docket determination to extradite a former trainer needed in Australia on costs of molesting youngsters as a victory for abuse victims.
Daniel Andrews is premier of Victoria state the place Malka Leifer is accused of molesting three sisters — Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper — whereas they have been college students at a Melbourne ultra-Orthodox college.
Andrews welcomed a Jerusalem District Court docket ruling on Monday that Leifer could possibly be extradited to Australia to face trial for 74 costs of kid intercourse abuse, doubtlessly paving the way in which for the Israeli citizen to face trial in Victoria after a six-year authorized battle.
“It is a very, a really important day for victims of kid sexual abuse throughout our whole state, and to come back, because it does, so near Jewish New Yr, can I say Shanah Tovah to Dassi Erlich and her sisters,” Andrews stated, utilizing a Hebrew New Yr greeting.
“They’re heroes. The braveness, the grace, and the dignity of these Victorians is sort of wonderful. Fairly wonderful,” Andrews stated.
“It is a actually, actually good final result for victims of kid sexual abuse. And to Dassi and her household, to her sisters and prolonged household, they’ve our reward. We admire them, their power is an inspiration,” he added.
Andrews couldn’t say if a trial could be expedited if Leifer returned to Melbourne, the place the court docket system has been disrupted by a pandemic lockdown.
Erlick described the Israeli court docket determination as a “big, big second.”
“9 years (have handed) since we gave our police assertion,” Erlick advised Australian Broadcasting Corp. “We by no means imagined on the time how lengthy it might take and the way massive this second could be, however we’re lastly right here,” she added.
Leifer, a former educator, has been preventing extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.
Earlier this month, Israel’s Supreme Court docket rejected an enchantment by Leifer’s legal professional over a Jerusalem court docket’s ruling that she was mentally match to face trial, saying it was “placing an finish to the saga that has been drawn out for a few years.”
On Monday, the Jerusalem District Court docket dominated that Leifer could possibly be extradited. The formal extradition now requires an order by Israel’s justice minister.
Leifer’s attorneys stated they’d enchantment an extradition order to Israel’s Supreme Court docket, saying it might be a “political determination.”
Critics, together with Leifer’s alleged victims, have accused Israeli authorities of dragging out the case for much too lengthy.
There are stated to be victims apart from the three sisters.
The Related Press doesn’t often determine alleged victims of sexual abuse, however the sisters have spoken publicly about their allegations in opposition to Leifer.
As accusations surfaced in 2008, Israeli-born Leifer left the college and returned to Israel, the place she has lived since.