A West Bank resident in her 50s was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of obstruction of justice under aggravated circumstances, evidence tampering and faking insanity.
The woman is wanted in Australia for committing sexual offenses against three of her pupils while working as a teacher and principal at the ultra-Orthodox Adass Israel all-girls high school in Melbourne from 2001 to 2008.
She is set to be brought to the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court for a remand hearing.
The Department of International Affairs of the Ministry Of Justice seeks to renew her extradition process to Australia. The District Court stopped the process in June 2016 after determining, in accordance with the opinion of the district psychiatrist, that the suspect was not fit to stand trial.
In its decision, the District Court ruled that the woman would be treated at the Jerusalem District Psychiatric Clinic and that every six months a psychiatric committee would convene to assess her condition.
The committee has convened three times so far, and in all of them it ruled that the suspect is still not fit to stand trial.
However, in 2017 there were indications that the suspect pretended to be suffering from mental illness in order to avoid being extradited, and following Interpol's request to investigate the suspect, the Central Unit of the SJ District opened a covert investigation against her.
According to suspicion, between the years 2004 and 2008 the suspect committed serious sex offenses on three pupils who studied at the institution, exploiting their innocence and her position as the school principal.
When her actions became known, she was suspended from her position and two days later fled from Australia to Israel.