Australia welcomes Israeli court finding of accused pedophile fit for trial
After waging a long battle to evade extradition to Australia, accused pedophile Malka Leifer was judged by the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday to be mentally fit to face trial. Former headmistress of a Jewish school, she fled to Israel in 2008 after being indicted in Australia on 74 counts of rape and sexual assault against her students. Her delayed extradition, under interminable psychiatric assessments, strained relations between Canberra and Jerusalem and was welcomed by the Australian government. It faces the last hurdle of Leifer’s appeal to the High Court.