Shock twist in case of ultra-orthodox Jewish school principal as the alleged paedophile is hit with TWENTY new sexual abuse charges after being extradited from Israel to Melbourne
- Malka Leifer has been hit with 20 new child sex abuse related charges
- Former principal at Adass Israel School in Melbourne was extradited from Israel
- Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper allege they were abused at school
More charges have been laid against former ultra-orthodox school principal Malka Leifer, who has been ordered to stand trial over child sexual abuse allegations.
Twenty additional child sexual abuse related charges have been laid against the 55-year-old.
Leifer formally pleaded not guilty to 70 charges of child sexual abuse last week after being ordered to stand trial over the alleged abuse of sisters Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper during Leifer’s time at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne’s inner suburbs between 2004 and 2008.
Four charges were dropped during Melbourne Magistrates Court proceedings last week after it was revealed during a fortnight-long committal hearing that some of the alleged offending took place in Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reported Israel’s Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar had agreed to an additional 20 charges being laid against Leifer.
His approval was required under extradition rules which allowed Leifer to be brought back to Australia to face court over the allegations.
She was extradited to Australia in January this year.
Leifer, who is in custody, is due to face Victoria’s County Court for a directions hearing on October 21.