Katsav Accuser Says He Hasn't Paid Damages

The former President, who has not yet begun serving his jail sentence, also owes another complainant NIS 25,000.

The woman whom former President Moshe Katsav was convicted of raping says he has yet to transfer her the NIS 100,000 he was ordered to pay when he was sentenced to seven years in prison last month.

The woman's lawyer, Daniel Sror, has sent a warning letter to Katsav's attorneys demanding that the former president make the payment immediately. The woman is also planning on filing a complaint with the Bailiff's Office. Katsav's attorneys have yet to reply.

Katsav, who has not yet begun serving his jail sentence, also owes another complainant NIS 25,000.

Those close to him said yesterday he is considering the possibility of asking the court to grant him a deferral for part of the sum.

They said they thought the court was unlikely to grant the request, since he was ordered to pay the compensation immediately after the sentence was handed down on March 22.

Zion Amir, one of Katsav's lawyers, refused to comment yesterday.

The larger sum goes to the former Tourism Ministry employee identified only as A. Katsav was convicted in December of raping her on two occasions and of forcibly committing an indecent act while serving as her boss.

The smaller sum goes to L., who used to work with Katsav at the President's Residence. Katsav was committed of sexually harassing her and committing an indecent act.

In addition to having to go to jail and pay compensation, Katsav lost his NIS 1.8 million in annual state benefits because the court has decided that the sexual offenses of which he was convicted involve moral turpitude.

The annual state benefits, to which all former presidents are entitled for the rest of their lives, are intended to fund an office, aides, secretaries, a car and driver, a daily newspaper and a phone. The funds can also go toward maintaining contact with the public and home upkeep expenses.