An extradition request is — again — rejected, now for another month. Why? Beats me.
Australia recognizes that people who are not aware of what is going on cannot be tried in court. Then why could an Australian fugitive be blocked from extradition from Israel on the ground of mental illness?
That the Israeli police found that she’s faking illness and a psychiatric evaluation that she’s fit to stand trial is then even immaterial, no?
If she was fit enough to fly (flee) to Israel, she must be fit enough to be returned.
It makes even less sense that the political leader of Australia lobbied his Israeli counterpart for her extradition. The Israel’s – and Australian – judiciary is (supposed to be) independent. What is a politician supposed to meddle here?
I hope they will put her on a plane to Down Under soon, because, hey, let’s look at the facts (for a change): many alleged victims of hers are awaiting due process in Australia. If this lady didn’t do it, who did?
Unfortunately, now some famous but ignorant rabbi has convinced the judge that the lady can move on to house arrest (from where she will escape again – she’s not crazy). One needs to read the experts to understand anything. Let’s hope the appeal against that will prevail.
I hope that her lawyer’s attempts will be rejected soon as frivolous. He’s just making fun of the law. Suspects have rights; but not a right to make a mockery out of decent law. And the interests of victims should play a role too. Let’s hope this was just a hiccup followed by justice being served.
See this recent excellent blog post for much background and basic information.