Zionist Federation of Australia Jeremy Leibler welcomed the footage of Malka Leifer boarding the plane.
“This protracted saga to have Leifer extradited to return to Melbourne to face trial has, it seems, finally ended after over 60 hearings”, he said.
“For too many survivors of child sex abuse, justice is denied. But now, 12 long years after she fled Australia, Leifer is on her way back to face her accusers in court,” said Mr Leibler. “That Leifer was allowed to escape justice for so long was a travesty”, he continued. “While it’s a relief that Israel’s justice system has finally prevailed, the time and process that resulted in these delays are completely unacceptable.”
“That she is coming is largely due to the tireless efforts of Dassi Erlich and her sisters, as well as their support network”, he continued. “It is they who kept up the pressure and who never gave up. My thoughts are with them tonight, and with all survivors of sexual abuse.”