Malka Leifer fit to face extradition

Former Vic premier Ted Baillieu and sisters Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapir.
Former Vic premier Ted Baillieu and sisters Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapir.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS IN FORMER MELBOURNE PRINCIPAL MALKA LEIFER'S ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

* Child abuse and rape allegations surface against Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer in 2008

* The allegations stemmed from her time as principal of Melbourne's Ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel School

* In 2008 the Israeli-born Leifer left the school and returned to her birth country

* Leifer was charged with 74 counts of rape and child abuse in Victoria in 2011

* Australia filed an extradition request and Leifer was put under house arrest in 2014 to start an extradition process that still continues

* A mental health evaluation determined she was unfit to face a hearing in 2016

* She was again arrested in early 2018 after police found evidence that she had faked her mental incompetence

* Leifer was on Tuesday ruled mentally fit to face an extradition hearing to determine if she's extradited from Israel to Australia

* The Jerusalem District Court accepted a psychiatric panel's unanimous decision that deemed Leifer fit to face the hearing

* Leifer's defence is expected to appeal the court's decision, meaning the case would then move to the Jerusalem High Court

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison

"This is some news we've been waiting for for some time and I want to commend all of those who have been campaigning strongly on this."

* Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

"This is a very, very big development. A very important step in making sure that justice is done.

"We will all be careful I know in the way that we talk about these issues because now that this individual will be forced to come home and face justice, we don't want to undermine that."

* Former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu

"These are very, very strong girls and their commitment, their dedication is what's counted more than anything in this process."

* Federal MP Josh Burns

"Malka Leifer needs to face the 74 counts of child sex abuse in a Victorian court, and we will not rest until that happens."

* Victoria MP David Southwick

"This is a bipartisan move today, this is us coming together no matter what side of the political divide."

* Blue Knot Foundation Dr Cathy Kezelman AM

"Malka Leifer, whisked away to the other side of the world, was seemingly protected within her closed ultra-Orthodox community, and the powers that be.

"Her frequently-claimed mental illness, now shown to starkly contrast to her recorded normal daily life, is a devastating contrast to that of her victims."

Australian Associated Press