Full Katsav verdict to be released to public tomorrow
The Tel Aviv District Court will publish the full text of its verdict against former President Moshe Katsav at noon on Thursday, aside from minor retractions to protect identity of his victims.
The Tel Aviv District Court will publish the full text of its verdict against former President Moshe Katsav at noon tomorrow, aside from minor redactions aimed at protecting the identity of his victims, the court announced yesterday.
So far, it has released only a 29-page summary of the 318-page verdict.
Katsav was found guilty of two cases of rape and of other sexual offenses.
The court has yet to rule on the media's request that Katsav's sentencing hearing be open to the public, nor has it decided whether to let journalists examine the testimony and evidence presented in the case. Katsav has no objections to either request, but the prosecution does.
Prosecutors said they wanted the sentencing hearing, which is due to take place later this month, closed to the media, but would not oppose subsequent publication of an edited transcript of the proceedings, as long as all references to the victims' lives, their suffering, the circumstances of Katsav's assaults and so forth were removed.
With regard to the evidence, prosecutors said they object to publishing the testimony of any of the complainants or their associates, or any other evidence relating to them, so as to protect their privacy and not deter other sexual assault victims from filing a complaint.
But Katsav's attorneys want all the evidence published, and not just selected portions.