Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year jail sentence for Tel Aviv real estate entrepreneur and nightclub owner Alon Kastiel, who was convicted of a long list of sexual offenses.
In a plea bargain signed in January, Kastiel confessed to several crimes, including attempted rape, forcible sexual assault, sexual assault and sexual harassment. He will be sentenced on July 23.
While Tuesday’s sentencing hearing was taking place in camera at the Tel Aviv District Court, a protest took place outside the court in support of Kastiel’s victims. The protesters bore signs saying “I believe you,” using the feminine form of the pronoun “you” to make it clear that they believed his victims rather than him.
One of the people at the sentencing hearing was Sari Golan, whose complaint against Kastiel led the prosecution to charge him with rape. That charge was converted to attempted rape under the plea bargain.
Another complainant, Irad Marciano Zeiger, also attended the hearing, even though her complaint was closed without charges.
Aside from reducing the rape charge, the plea bargain also dropped the entire charge relating to a complainant name G., which included two counts of attempted rape. Thus Kastiel was ultimately convicted of crimes against four women rather than five. Altogether, 14 women had filed police complaints against him.
Under the plea bargain, Kastiel will pay the four women he was convicted of assaulting tens of thousands of shekels in compensation. They will also be able to file civil suits against him.
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