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Malka Leifer lands in Melbourne after extradition from Israel

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<p>Former school principal Malka Leifer has landed in Melbourne, two days after she departed her native Israel on Monday and will face court this morning.</p>

Malka Leifer has arrived in Australia after being extradited from Israel.

The former school principal was taken into police custody after being escorted from the plane when it landed in Melbourne, two days after she departed her native Israel on Monday.

Ms Leifer will face the Melbourne Magistrates' court today, appearing via WebEx from prison to face more than 70 charges of child sexual abuse after a six-year legal battle to extradite her.

READ MORE: Malka Leifer's 'last-ditch' hearing in Israeli Supreme Court over extradition to Australia

A person believed to be Malka Leifer walks off a plane at Melbourne Airport on January 27, 2021 in Melbourne, AustraliaMembers of Victoria Police are seen waiting at the International Terminal on January 27, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.Police move into place to take Malka Leifer into custody after she was escorted off a plane on landing in Melbourne

Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing three female students at the Adass Israel School in Elsternwick between 2001 and 2008.

In December last year the Supreme Court of Israel signed the extradition order for Ms Leifer to return to Australia when it dismissed her final appeal.

It is understood her return to Melbourne has included stopovers at Hamburg in Germany and Singapore. school principal Malka Leifer to face Melbourne court

The 54-year-old will have to quarantine at a women's prison upon arrival in accordance with Victoria's COVID rules.

She will appear before the Bail and Remand Court in what is expected to be a filing hearing.

A supplied image obtained on Thursday, February 15, 2018, of ex-Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer, who is accused of child abuse.

Source: 9News

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