katsav - Archive: Eyal Warshavsky / BauBau - December 30 2010
Then-President Moshe Katsav speaking at a press conference at the President’s Residence in 2007. Photo by Archive: Eyal Warshavsky / BauBau
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Regardless of the outcome of the Katsav trial, the verdict will not mark the end of the road for the case.

If the former president is found not guilty on all charges, the state may decide to appeal to the Supreme Court. If he is convicted, then the court will have to hear the arguments of each side for the sentencing, and only then will Moshe Katsav be sentenced.

In addition, to long prison terms, the judges may order Katsav to pay financial compensation to the plaintiffs. However, there's a good chance that if found guilty, Katsav will appeal to the Supreme Court.

In the event Katsav is convicted, it is fairly certain the arguments over sentencing will focus on the question of turpitude.

During deliberations in appeals to the Supreme Court against the plea bargain that Katsav had signed originally, the state argued that his actions carried with them moral turpitude. The defense attorneys strongly rejected this argument. Now, the matter would be in the hands of the judges.

In the event of conviction, should Katsav's actions carry the onus of moral turpitude, the former president will be banned from holding any public office and will lose his right to the benefits he receives as a former president. These benefits include funding for an office, telephone benefits and newspaper subscriptions, not to mention a driver, a car and body guards.

A conviction will also bolster the likelihood that the plaintiffs, and especially A., who worked at the Tourism Ministry, will file a civil suit against Katsav for damages.

Following the release of information on the plea bargain that was signed by the former President, A. had said that she planned to file a civil suit, but the deal was voided, and she has since been waiting for the trial decision.

The attorney who represents A. refused to comment on the possibility that his client might file a civil suit against Katsav if he is convicted.

A civil suit may be filed against the former president even if he is exonerated, as the level of proof required in a civil suit is less than what is required for a conviction in a criminal case.