Three Melbourne sisters have spoken out against their former teacher Malka Leifer, who was arrested in Israel while wanted over the alleged rape of female students.
Ms Leifer, aged in her 50s, is wanted by Victoria Police over 74 allegations of sexual abuse while she was the principal at the city’s Adass Israel School more than a decade ago.
Ms Leifer was arrested in Israel today after fleeing to the country in 2008 and avoiding extradition by claiming she was not mentally fit enough to face court.
This afternoon former students of Ms Leifer – sisters Nicole Meyer, Dassi Erlich and Elly Sapper – spoke to 9NEWS about their experience with the accused.
Three Melbourne sisters – Nicole, Dassi & Elly. Their former Principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel after 10 years on the run, facing dozens of abuse charges allegedly involving these women when they were schoolgirls. Hear from them tonight #9News. pic.twitter.com/xVx81MVVAI
— Brett Mcleod (@Brett_McLeod) February 13, 2018
The siblings have actively campaigned to bring Ms Leifer back to Australia to face charges in a Melbourne court.
Today, the girls weren’t able to hide their emotion.
“Just absorbing the news, I think we were all on a high and adrenaline rush,” Nicole said.
Ms Leifer is being held on held in the district of Samaria on suspicions of “obstructing court proceedings and attempting to hide evidence”.
Detectives also allege she was faking her mental illness.
“The female suspect will be brought to the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court to extend her detention,” a statement from Israeli authorities said.
“The Department for International Affairs will look into the process of having the suspect extradited to Australia.”
Australian authorities first requested for her extradition in 2014 and she was arrested by Israeli authorities.
She was later released on house arrest awaiting extradition back to Melbourne until in 2016 when a psychiatric assessment found she was not fit to stand trial.
Last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to extradite Ms Leifer while on a trip to Israel.
Three of her alleged victims, three sisters, took their case to the Israeli parliament last October, launching a campaign to demand her return.
Ms Leifer headed the school from 2003 until 2008, when she fled Australia.