Saturday 24 June 2017

Rape conviction upheld on ex-Israeli president

Jane Hanward in Jerusalem

ISRAEL'S Supreme Court yesterday upheld a conviction for rape against former president Moshe Katsav, and said it saw no reason to change the seven-year jail sentence imposed on him earlier this year.

The court said it concurred with the decision of the three-judge lower-court panel that convicted Katsav last December and sentenced him in March.

Katsav was convicted for twice raping an aide when he was a cabinet minister in the late 1990s, and molesting or sexually harassing two other women who worked for him during his 2000-2007 term as president.

Katsav had denied the charges, but the Tel Aviv lower court said his testimony had been "riddled with lies".

He will begin serving his sentence on December 7.

Irish Independent

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