SEX ABUSE SCHOOL: BOARD IN SPOTLIGHT

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - HENRY BEN­JAMIN

MEL­BOURNE PO­LICE are con­sid­er­ing car­ry­ing out a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that a Jewish school helped a head­mistress ac­cused of child sex­ual abuse evade jus­tice.

Malka Leifer, the for­mer prin­ci­pal of Mel­bourne’s Adass Is­rael School, fled Aus­tralia in 2008 be­fore be­ing charged with sex­ual as­sault against eight girls at the school.

Leifer is cur­rently un­der house ar­rest in Is­rael as ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings get un­der way.

In Mel­bourne’s Supreme Court ear­lier this month, one of the stu­dents was awarded more than £460,000 in dam­ages against the school on the grounds that its board had helped Leifer leave af­ter she had been sacked and had failed to re­port the in­ci­dents to the po­lice.

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