FACT FILE / Katsav is not only convict among Israel's political elite
Over the years a number of Israeli politicians have been convicted of various offenses, mainly - but not exclusively - white-collar crimes.
Former President Moshe Katsav was sentenced to seven years in jail Tuesday, after a Tel Aviv court found him guilty of rape and other sexual offences against three women who used to work for him.
Over the years a number of Israeli politicians have been convicted of various offences. These have been mostly for white-collar crime, but not exclusively. Here is a list of prominent cases in the past two decades:
An influential opposition legislator, Hanegbi was convicted of perjury in July 2010. A court determined his offence involved "moral turpitude", effectively stripping him of his seat in the Knesset under Israeli law.
Former finance minister Avraham Hirchson was jailed for five years and five months in June 2009 for financial offences that included stealing more than $500,000 from a trade union he led before becoming a cabinet member in 2006.
Shlomo Benizri, a former cabinet minister for Shas, was sentenced in June 2009 to four years in prison for taking bribes.
A former justice minister and once touted as a possible future prime minister, Ramon was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2007 for forcibly kissing a woman soldier who served in the office of then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He was sentenced to community service and returned to politics, serving in Olmert's cabinet and as a lawmaker until June 2009.
A former energy and infrastructure minister from 1992 to 1995, Segev was jailed for five years in 2005 for trying to smuggle 30,000 ecstasy tablets into Israel from the Netherlands.
Former Defence Minister Yitzhak Mordechai, once a rising star in Israeli politics and a retired general, was sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail term in 2001 after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault during a 32-year army career.
Weizman resigned as president in 2000, three years before his second term was due to end, after the attorney-general found he had accepted more than $300,000 in cash gifts from businessmen from 1985 to 1993. Weizman was not put on trial. He died in 2005.
Leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Deri was ordered by Israel's Supreme Court to resign from the cabinet in 1993 over corruption charges. He was sentenced in 1999 to three years in prison.
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