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Israeli police recommend indicting deputy minister for allegedly aiding Malka Leifer

Yaakov Litzman talks to reporters. Source: AAP

Israel's deputy health minister has been accused of interfering in the Malka Leifer case.

Israeli police have recommended indicting the country's Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman for allegedly trying to stop the extradition of Malka Leifer to Australia on child sex abuse charges, reports say.

The Times of Israel reported on Tuesday that Mr Litzman could now face "charges of fraud and breach of trust for using his office to illicitly provide assistance to [the] alleged serial sex abuser".

Malka Leifer at a hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem last year.
Malka Leifer at a hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem last year.
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Police have been investigating Mr Litzman over allegations he attempted to source psychiatric evaluations that would deem Ms Leifer unfit to face trial in Australia.

According to The Times of Israel, that ongoing police investigation has "found enough evidence to put [Mr] Litzman on trial over his involvement in the Leifer case, as well as for intervening to help several other sex offenders obtain improved conditions".

Malka Leifer is wanted in Australia on child sex abuse charges.
Malka Leifer is wanted in Australia on child sex abuse charges.
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The outlet said it will now be up to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to determine whether or not to indict.

Mr Litzman has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Victorian police want to bring Ms Leifer back to Australia to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse.

Ms Leifer travelled to Melbourne at the turn of the millennium to become principal at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls school but returned to Israel in 2008 after being accused of abusing students in her care.

She was later arrested and is facing extradition back to Melbourne.

Ms Leifer has denied the charges in previous extradition hearings.

Dassi Erlich, who has accused Ms Leifer of abusing her, said on Facebook the "recommendation for Litzman to be charged, has us feeling excited, relieved and encouraged going forward".

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