Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav requested a presidential pardon to appeal his rape conviction.
An Israeli Supreme Court justice denied a new hearing for former President Moshe Katsav to request a reduction in his seven-year prison sentence for a rape conviction.
Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav told an Israeli newspaper that he is a "wreck" but will not commit suicide.
Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the start of former President Moshe Katsav's prison sentence on rape and sexual assault convictions will be delayed pending his appeal. Katsav had been scheduled to enter prison May 8 to serve a seven-year sentence, which was delayed until Wednesday's ruling.
Israel's Supreme Court has postponed the date former President Moshe Katsav will begin serving his prison sentence on rape and sexual assault convictions. Katsav had been scheduled to enter prison next week to serve a seven-year sentence; on Monday he appealed his conviction on rape and sexual assault charges and requested a delay of his prison sentence, which was granted by the court Tuesday.
Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who was found guilty of rape and sexual assault, was sentenced to seven years in jail and ordered to pay compensation to two of his victims.
Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault, more than four years after he was first accused.
When former Israeli President Moshe Katsav pleaded guilty to charges of sexual harassment and resigned his post late last month, no one was more surprised and saddened than his strongest supporters in Southern California, the Iranian Jewish community.
His reputation in shambles from a sex scandal that broke a year ago and swelled in subsequent months, Israel's outgoing president, Moshe Katsav, put an end to the sordid chapter by agreeing to a plea bargain after months of insisting he was innocent.
Despite a flurry of criticism directed at Israeli President Moshe Katsav over rape and sexual harassment allegations, support for Israel's embattled president remains strong among Southern California's Iranian Jews.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL MR. MOSHE KATSAV