MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian court ruled on Thursday that a former principal of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls’ school must stand trial on charges that she had sexually assaulted students under her care. The decision came months after she was extradited from Israel, following a long deportation battle that strained ties between the two countries.

The Australian police initially charged the former principal, Malka Leifer, in 2012 with 74 sexual offenses, but a lawyer for the prosecution asked the court to withdraw four counts because the alleged crimes had occurred in Israel.

The magistrate, Johanna Metcalf, determined there was enough evidence “to support a conviction for the remainder of the offenses of which the accused is charged.” Ms. Leifer, 55, pleaded not guilty to 70 counts in connection with offenses that the prosecution said happened between 2004 and 2008.

A trial date was not immediately set, but a hearing was scheduled for Oct. 21. Ms. Leifer made no application for bail and remained in jail.

The court in Melbourne handed down its decision after nearly two weeks of testimony from 10 witnesses. They appeared via video link because of a coronavirus outbreak in the city.

At the center of the case were three sisters — Dassi Erlich, Elly Sapper and Nicole Meyer — who accused Ms. Leifer of sexually abusing them while she was principal of Adass Israel School in Melbourne.

Though they have made their identities public, the sisters testified in a closed court. Former staff members at the school and a police officer involved in the investigation also gave evidence. Reached via email on Thursday, Ms. Erlich said that she and her sisters were unable to

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