Sabbar Kashur
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Israel's High Court on Tuesday ordered a delay in imposing an 18-month jail sentence on an Arab man convicted of rape by deception, after he had sex with a woman who thought he was Jewish.

As well as postponing the sentence, the court ruled to ease the remand conditions of 30-year old Sabbar Kashur, who is currently under house arrest – standard procedure during an appeal.

Kashur was convicted as part of a plea bargain. According to the indictment, Kashur met the complainant in September 2008 in downtown Jerusalem, presenting himself as a Jewish bachelor looking for a serious romantic relationship.

The couple then went to a nearby building and had sex, after which Kashur left the building without waiting for the woman to get dressed.

When the woman found Kashur was not a Jew but an Arab, she filed a complaint that resulted in charges of rape and indecent assault.