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Moshe Katsav

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Moshe Katsav is the former president of Israel. He entered Maasiyahu Prison in the city of Ramle, south of Tel Aviv, on Dec. 7, 2011 to begin a seven-year term for rape after the country’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of his conviction and sentence.


The court’s decision sealed a long and sordid episode that began while Mr. Katsav was still president, a distinguished, if mostly ceremonial, position that he held from 2000 to 2007.


Mr. Katsav was convicted in a district court in December 2010 of raping an employee — who has been identified only by her first initial, A. — on two occasions while he was minister of tourism in 1998. The court also convicted him of sexually abusing and harassing another woman and of harassing a third while he was head of state. In March, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.


Mr. Katsav has always maintained his innocence, and his defense team insisted that his accuser had lied. They argued that Mr. Katsav had been demonized by the news media and by leaks and statements from public figures, preventing a fair trial.


But the three-judge panel, after long and difficult deliberations, found unanimously that they saw no reason to intervene in the conviction or the sentence passed down by the district court, which th. y said were well-considered and appropriate.



Updated: Dec. 7, 2011

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