Malka Leifer appears in Melbourne court after extradition from Israel
Former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer has faced a Melbourne court this morning, 13 years after fleeing Victoria to her native Israel.
Former school principal Malka Leifer has faced a Melbourne court this morning, 13 years after fleeing Victoria to her native Israel.
Ms Leifer appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court via video link and did not apply for bail.
Her legal team said the 54-year-old requires medication for her mental health, and prison authorities will need accommodate her strict religious reliefs while she is in custody.https://twitter.com/Eliza_Rugg9/status/1354570966307794948?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
She is still in police custody and her defence lawyers want her transferred to a correctional facility as soon as possible.
Ms Leifer is facing 74 counts of child sexual abuse which allegedly happened between 2001 and 2008 when she was principal of the Adass Israel School in Elsternwick.
In December last year the Supreme Court of Israel signed the extradition order for Ms Leifer to return to Australia when it dismissed her final appeal.
Ms Leifer is expected to re-appear in court in April.