Bipartisan call to extradite Malka Leifer

The motion, which will call on Israel to immediately extradite Ms Leifer, is expected to have the support to pass the House of Representatives.

Mr Sharma will be supported by other Liberal MPs including Katie Allan, Julian Leeser and Tim Wilson. Labor will support the motion, with MPs speaking in favour to include Mike Freelander and Mark Dreyfus.


Mr Sharma said Australia had been “exceptionally patient” in the case but “enough was enough”.

“It is time for Ms Leifer to be extradited to Australia and face her accusers,” he said.

“The Australian Parliament and Australian government will not rest until justice is done in this case. To our friends in Israel we say: it is time to act. Do the right thing and support justice for victims in both our countries.”

Mr Burns said the motion was needed to maintain pressure on Israel to extradite Ms Leifer.

“Allegations of interference in this case, especially by the Israeli Minster for Health, Yaakov Litzman, are shameful,” he said.

“The Australian Federal Parliament stands with Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper, together with all other victims of child sexual abuse.”

Ms Leifer’s alleged victims, sisters Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper, visited parliament in October 2019 where they met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles.

Ms Erlich said the bipartisan motion in Parliament will demand that Leifer be brought back to face justice.

“It is important that this issue remains outstanding in the minds of the Israeli legal and political establishment,” she said.

“We feel validated and encouraged that this frustrating process will not be ignored by Australia until the extradition is honoured by Israel.”

Israeli Ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer last year made clear that prosecutors found a judge’s decision to release Ms Leifer under house arrest “incomprehensible” and believe she should be immediately extradited.

There has been lengthy legal argument over Ms Leifer’s fitness to be extradited, but a psychiatric panel declared she was fit for extradition in January this year.

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