Court Rejects Ex-president's Bid to Postpone Rape Trial

Katsav's lawyers told Tel Aviv District Court they had yet to receive all the evidence in the case.

Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday rejected former president Moshe Katsav's request to delay the opening of his rape trial.

The trial, which will be convened before Judges George Kara, Miriam Sokolov, and Yehudit Shevah, is scheduled to commence next Thursday. Katsav is accused of raping a former employee under his purview during his term as tourism minister. He is also accused of sexually harassing two female employees at the President's Residence as well as obstruction of justice.

The ex-president's attorneys sought to delay the trial, claiming that they did not receive all the evidence collected in the case.

Katsav's lawyers say they have yet to view supplementary material which was gathered in the latter stages of the investigation, nor did they receive evidence that was needed for their hearing before the state prosecutor's office.