The Israeli president has been questioned by police over allegations of sexual harassment and corruption. The interrogation came two days after detectives seized computers and documents from Moshe Katsav’s official residence in Jerusalem. Katsav has denied the claims and his lawyer, Zion Amir, says that his client is innocent.
Two former female employees have accused Katsav of sexual harassment, with one saying he forced her to have sex with him. One also reportedly said he took money for granting pardons, one of the few authorities vested in the presidency. Residents in Jerusalem expressed their opinions. Uri Rupert said: “Let’s see what is going on with the investigation and let’s believe that everything will be fine. But we knew from the start, there could be a better choice as president of Israel.”
However Miki Hazan said: “I think it’s very bad, this is the face of our country. He needs to pay and he needs to go home.” It is just one of many scandals that the Israeli political establishment is currently embroiled in. The justice minister has been charged with sexual misconduct and the prime minister’s purchase of a flat in Jerusalem is also under the spotlight.