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Malka Leifer Jt Statement

17 December 2020

Labor welcomes the imminent conclusion of the 12 year battle to bring Malka Leifer to justice in Australia.

SENATOR PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MARK DREYFUS
SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
MEMBER FOR ISAACS

JOSH BURNS MP
MEMBER FOR MACNAMARA

MALKA LEIFER

Labor welcomes the imminent conclusion of the 12 year battle to bring Malka Leifer to justice in Australia.

The decision by Malka Leifer’s lawyers to waive their right to one final appeal means there are no further legal obstacles.

Under Israeli law, Malka Leifer is now required to be extradited within 60 days to Victoria, where she is wanted to stand trial on 74 counts of child sexual abuse

Labor appreciates the statement from Israeli Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn that “it is our moral duty to allow the Australian legal authorities to put her on trial."

Labor pays tribute to the courage of Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper in their long pursuit of justice since Malka Leifer fled Australia 12 years ago to avoid standing trial.

THURSDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2020