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Police recommend charging Israeli deputy minister in Australia extradition case

An Israeli court ruled in 2016 that Leifer, who has denied the charges, was mentally unfit to face extradition and trial. She was re-arrested in 2018 after a police investigation cast doubts on her health claims, and is in prison in Israel awaiting an extradition ruling.

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In a statement, police alleged that Litzman, who heads the United Torah Judaism party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, pressured court-appointed psychiatrists to support Leifer’s mental illness claims.

Police said they found sufficient evidence to warrant charges of fraud, breach of trust and witness tampering against the deputy minister. He was not arrested.

“I answered all of the questions (from the police) and I strongly deny everything they are saying,” Litzman said in a video interview on YNet, an Internet website, hours before the police announcement.

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