Judges Named for Hearing on Katsav's Rape Verdict Appeal

The former president will not serve any jail time for his rape conviction until the court debates his appeal in August.

The panel of judges who will hear the appeal of former president Moshe Katsav's rape conviction was announced on Monday

The judges, who are set to debate the appeal in August, will be Justices Miriam Naor, Salim Joubran, and Edna Arbel.

Katsav was convicted in December of two counts of rape against the complainant publicly identified as A. from the Tourism Ministry, and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

He was supposed to have begun his sentence on the eight of May, but was allowed to remain free after the Supreme Court accepted his request to stay out of jail pending the outcome of his appeal.

Katsav's attorney Avigdor Feldman said at the start of the hearing that there was no concern that his client would evade justice if his prison term was delayed, and added that he did not pose a threat to society.

Feldman also said that the court should take into account special circumstances, such as the fact that Katsaz is a former president, adding that the court should avoid the possible occurance in which Katsav will enter the prison as a former president, and will be equated of the charges shortly after.