Is­raeli for­mer pres­i­dent Kat­sav jailed

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

JERUSALEM— Is­raeli ex­pres­i­dent Moshe Kat­sav, in prison for rape and other sex­ual of­fences, has asked the cur­rent head of state for a par­don, Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin’s of­fice said on Sun­day.

“A re­quest for par­don ar­rived at the pres­i­dent’s of­fice to­day,” it said in a brief state­ment.

“As is the cus­tom with ev­ery re­quest for a par­don it has been passed for han­dling to the pres­i­den­tial le­gal depart­ment,” the state­ment added.

Kat­sav, the first Is­raeli head of state to be sent to prison, was jailed in 2011 for seven years on two counts of rape as well as sex­ual ha­rass­ment, in­de­cent acts and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice.

A pa­role board last month turned down his ap­pli­ca­tion for early re­lease, say­ing that Kat­sav, 70, “ex­pressed no re­gret and no sym­pa­thy to­ward the vic­tims of his crimes”.

“The pris­oner has pre­sented him­self as a vic­tim and has con­tin­u­ally at­trib­uted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his sit­u­a­tion to oth­ers,” the jus­tice min­istry said in a state­ment fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion.

Kat­sav’s 18- month trial in­cluded har­row­ing ac­cu­sa­tions and por­trayed him as a sex­ual preda­tor who rou­tinely ha­rassed his fe­male staff. The of­fences com­mit­ted against his em­ploy­ees were said to have oc­curred when he served as tourism min­is­ter and later as pres­i­dent.— AFP

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