Ex-Israeli President Katsav Won't Request Another Hearing on His Rape Case

Katsav's lawyer reportedly decides there are no new legal claims that would justify another hearing to appeal his rape conviction.

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who has started serving a seven-year sentence for his rape conviction, has reportedly decided not to request another hearing in his case, after the court rejected his appeal.

According to people close to Katsav, who held discussions with his lawyer, there are no new legal claims that could serve as a condition to hold another hearing at Israel's Supreme Court on the subject.

Moshe Katsav - Ilan Assayag
Ilan Assayag

Last month, Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the Tel Aviv District Court's decision to convict former President Moshe Katsav of two counts of rape and other sexual offenses, and to sentence him to seven years in prison.

The Supreme Court justices agreed that Katsav had lied when insisting that his sexual relations with the former Tourism Ministry employee, A., were consensual, thus validating her allegations of rape.

Katsav was sentenced this past March to seven years in prison, three months after the Tel Aviv District Court found him of two counts of rape, as well as other sexual offenses against various subordinates during his terms as tourism minister and president.
Katsav decided to appeal the rape conviction and claimed that the sexual relations had with the complainant were consensual.