Former Israel President Katsav Requests to Postpone Sentence

Decision comes after Supreme Court rejected Katsav’s November extension request, allowing him only to resubmit a request on Thursday.

Former President Moshe Katsav submitted a request for a 60-day extension to Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday to hold another discussion regarding his appeal of a seven-year prison sentence following his conviction of two counts of rape and other sexual offenses.

Katsav decided to exhaust all legal possibilities in order to attempt and appeal the decision.

Moshe Katsav - Ilan Assayag
Ilan Assayag

The court rejected Katsav’s previous extension request in November, allowing him only to resubmit a request on January 8, 2012. The chances that the court will accept the request is very low.

After Israel’s Supreme Court decided to reject Katzav's appeal, he became the first Israeli president in history to receive a prison sentence for any crime.

He was convicted of raping a former female employee when he was a Cabinet minister, and sexually harassing two others when he was president between 2000 and 2007.