Israeli police have recommended that Israel’s President – Moshe Katsav – be charged with sexual misconduct, eavesdropping and illegal wiretapping. The country’s Attorney-General will decide whether to bring charges against the President after prosecutors review evidence from an investigating team – here seen submitting their findings to police headquarters in Jerusalem. Katsav is immune from standing trial unless he is impeached by parliament.
An indictment would be unlikely to have any significant political repercussions but the scandal adds to a list of events that have darkened the mood in Israel, where the government is under fire for the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Under investigation since August, the president is now likely to face wider calls for him to resign.