Supreme Court to Rule This Week on Katsav Appeal

Katsav is arguing that the Tel Aviv District Court ignored the possibility that he had a consensual sexual relationship with the complainant A. from the Tourism Ministry.

The Supreme Court will rule Thursday on former President Moshe Katsav's appeal of his December 2010 conviction for rape and other offenses.

The court, which previously granted Katsav his request to stay out of jail pending the ruling, is also scheduled to rule on the former president's appeal of his seven-year prison sentence.

Katsav - Ilan Assayag - 18072011
Ilan Assayag

Katsav is arguing that the Tel Aviv District Court ignored the possibility that he had a consensual sexual relationship with the complainant - who has been publicly identified only as A. - from the Tourism Ministry, or that he might be guilty of exploitation of authority rather than the more severe offense of rape.

This version of events is distinctly different from Katsav's testimony in court as well as statements he made to the police in which he said he had had no sexual contact with her.

If the appeal is rejected, Katsav will likely be granted several more weeks of freedom before beginning his prison term.

The appeal will be heard by Justices Edna Arbel, Salim Joubran and Miriam Naor.