For­mer Is­raeli pres­i­dent set for early re­lease af­ter years in jail for rape

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

JERUSALEM: Dis­graced for­mer Is­raeli pres­i­dent Moshe Kat­sav, who has been serv­ing a seven-year prison sen­tence for rape, was yes­ter­day set for early re­lease af­ter five years be­hind bars, a pa­role board or­der said. But the re­lease of Kat­sav has been de­layed by at least a week while state prose­cu­tors con­sider whether to ap­peal against the pa­role board’s de­ci­sion.

Kat­sav left of­fice in 2007 and was con­victed of rap­ing an aide when he was a cabi­net min­is­ter in the late 1990s. He was also con­victed of mo­lest­ing or sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing two other women em­ploy­ees dur­ing his 2000-2007 term as pres­i­dent.

Kat­sav, a for­mer mem­ber of the right-wing Likud party, was jailed in 2011. He had for a long time de­nied any wrong­do­ing and was turned down for early re­lease on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

In its de­ci­sion yes­ter­day, the board wrote that since the first failed hear­ing, Kat­sav had “trav­elled a long path, had ben­e­fited from prison ther­apy ser­vices and had rec­og­nized and re­gret­ted his ac­tions against the women and the pain he had caused them.”

Kat­sav’s lawyers told re­porters that he broke down in tears af­ter hear­ing the board’s de­ci­sion to re­lease him.

—AFP

RIYADH: (LtoR) Bri­tish Min­is­ter for the Mid­dle East, To­bias Ellwood; UAE For­eign Min­is­ter, Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed; Saudi Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Adel al-Jubeir; US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry; Omani For­eign Min­is­ter, Yusuf bin Alawi and UN spe­cial en­voy to Ye­men Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed pose for a fam­ily pic­ture dur­ing a meet­ing of the Quar­tet on the si­t­u­a­tion in Ye­men, yes­ter­day in Riyadh.

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