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Former President Moshe Katsav, whose appeal over his seven-year sentence for rape and sexual offenses was rejected earlier this month, has petitioned the Supreme Court for a further hearing on his case.

On Thursday, Katsav's attorneys requested a 45-day extention for submitting a request for a further hearing before a larger Supreme Court panel. They did not request postponing the beginning of Katsav's prison term, which is scheduled for December 7.

The chances for a further hearing are seen as highly unlikely, since no new element was introduced in the court's verdict. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Tel Aviv District Court's decision to convict Katsav on two counts of rape and other sexual offenses, and to sentence him to seven years in prison.

The Ceremonies Committee, headed by Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, will consider revoking various ceremonial benefits a former president is entitled to, such as a state funeral and being buried in the site for state leaders on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. The committee is to examine the status and commemoration of high-raking officials who were convicted.

Katsav has already been denied financial allocations intended for a secretary, a car, a chauffeur, aides, an office and a newspaper subscription, following his conviction.