The Knesset Finance Committee postponed the vote on revoking former president Moshe Katsav's benefits if he is convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.
The vote is now scheduled for next Monday. It is still not clear whether there is a majority in favor of rescinding his various benefits, as a number of MKs said yesterday that they will decide on the matter only after the end of the legal process and a judgment is made.
In any case, even if the decision is made to revoke his benefits it will only take effect after the end of his trial and any appeals.
Until then Katsav is entitled to an office, aides, a luxury apartment, a car and driver. Also, even if he is convicted, Katsav will not lose his monthly pension worth NIS 46,278. He and his wife will also continue to be entitled to medical care, including hospitalization, for the rest of their lives.
He will also continue to receive a daily newspaper, and the state will pay his telephone and cellular phone bills regardless of whether he is convicted. The committee delayed its vote saying it first needed to receive responses from the cabinet secretary and the president's office on the matter.
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