Katsav was freed after serving five years of his seven-year sentence following the prosecution's announcement that it will not appeal the parole board's decision.
Katsav rape trial
Katsav, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for rape, is going free after five years. 'There is no doubt that the prisoner has undergone a change,' parole board declares. Decision is cowardly and tainted, Meretz MKs say.
Prosecutors object to paroling Katsav, who has served five of his seven-year sentence for rape.
Moshe Katzav is five years into his seven year sentence for sexual crimes, including rape, and has been rejected twice already for failing to show remorse.
A parole board will discuss Katsav’s request for early release four months after rejecting a previous request to free him after serving two thirds of a seven-year sentence.
Two parole requests by Moshe Katsav were rejected earlier this year, despite prisoner rehab authority saying it discerned positive changes in his behavior.
Only 4.5 years into his 7-year sentence, parole board ruled against the former president, who has never voiced remorse for rape and other sexual offenses.
Though reluctant to admit wrongdoing, Katsav, who was convicted of rape, has recently changed his tune, and according to report gave parole board 'more details of where he went wrong.'
The former president, who is serving time for rape and other offenses, has never admitted to his offenses or expressed remorse for his actions.
Katsav is undoubtedly a rapist. But compassion requires us to accept he was punished justly with his public life all but dead.