Defence lawyers for alleged paedophile Malka Leifer have told an Israeli court she should not be extradited because her alleged victims consented to the abuse.
The former principal of Melbourne’s Adass Israel Girls School appeared in the Jerusalem District Court via video link for a hearing on whether she should be returned to Australia to face 74 charges of sexual abuse against three former students.
Her lawyers argued against extradition on several grounds, including that because the 1976 extradition treaty between Israel and Australia does not explicitly cover the crime of sexual assault, it does not apply to their client.
Defence lawyer Nick Kaufman also questioned whether some of the alleged abuse was a crime under Israeli law, because it occurred when two of the alleged victims were no longer children and could have rebuffed the sexual advances, implying they consented.
He raised concerns that Ms Leifer, a strict ultra-orthodox Jew, would not have her religious needs accommodated in an Australian prison.