Jewish Journal


October 14, 2013

Katsav again appeals rape conviction to Israeli Supreme Court


Moshe Katsav. Photo by Amir Gilad

Moshe Katsav. Photo by Amir Gilad

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has appealed again to Israel’s Supreme Court for a retrial on his convictions of rape, sexual assault and harassment.

His new defense team filed the appeal on Monday, claiming there was a “distortion of judgment” in the original ruling.

A previous appeal to the Supreme Court was turned down, as was a request for clemency from his successor, President Shimon Peres.

Katsav has served two years of a seven-year sentence after being convicted in 2011 in Tel Aviv District Court. He is the first Israeli president ever sentenced to prison.

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