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Malka Leifer extradition case delayed again at latest hearing in Jerusalem

ABC News logo ABC News 16/05/2018 Norman Hermant
Malka Leifer's legal team argued they had not seen enough of the prosecution's evidence. © ABC News Malka Leifer's legal team argued they had not seen enough of the prosecution's evidence.

There has been another delay in the extradition case of accused Australian-Israeli sex offender Malka Leifer.

At the latest hearing in Jerusalem, Ms Leifer was transported from Nave Tirtsa women's prison to the District Court building. But her lawyer convinced the judge she should remain in cells below and not appear in the courtroom.

After winning a two-week delay on May 2, Ms Leifer's lawyer, Yehuda Fried, was successful in seeking another extension.

Ms Leifer's legal team argued they still had not seen enough of the prosecution's evidence. "I think this is just another way to make the procedure longer," state prosecutor Matan Akiva said.

The case will resume on May 31, when the judge will rule whether enough of the evidence against Ms Leifer has been handed over.

Ms Leifer's lawyer also argued that his client is being treated with psychiatric drugs in prison.

Mr Fried told the judge this is an indication that she is mentally unwell and not capable of appearing for an extradition hearing.

The judge ordered yet another psychiatric assessment of Ms Leifer. The results will be reported to the court on May 31.

Australian-Israeli victims rights advocate Manny Waks said the results were disappointing.

"It is difficult, especially for her alleged victims who are waiting for news," he said. "Again we are seeing these stalling tactics."

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