Ex-Israeli President Katsav Guilty of Rape, Faces Jail Term

December 30, 2010

(ChattahBox World News)—Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was found guilty of rape and sexual assault on Thursday by a three-judge panel of the Tel Aviv District Court, after a year-long criminal trial. Katsav, who resigned from office in 2007 amid the escalating sexual scandal, rejected a plea bargaining deal that would have ensured that he would serve no jail time. Now, with such serious convictions, Katsav is expected to be sentenced to prison. The district court judges condemned Katsav’s testimony as “riddled with lies.”

The conviction stems from sexual charges brought by women while Katsav served as both president and minister of tourism.

“A panel of three judges convicted Mr. Katsav of raping an employee while he was minister of tourism, a post he held from 1996 until 1999. The court also convicted Mr. Katsav of sexually abusing another complainant and of harassing a third while he was serving as president.” [...]

“Reading from a 25-page summary of the verdict, the presiding judge, George Karra, said that Mr. Katsav’s testimony was “strewn with lies,” that in one of the cases of rape his diary did not support his testimony, and that the victim had “struggled with Katsav in his office and found herself on the floor.”’

Katsav is scheduled to appear for sentencing in January. Katsav faces a possible prison sentence of four to 16-years.

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