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Israeli president faces rape charge


Israeli President Moshe Katsav is to be charged with rape in what will be an unprecedented indictment against a head of state in the country. The Justice ministry said it would include the charge of raping one of four women who accused Katsav of sexual assault. He will also be charged with other crimes against female employees.

Katsav has denied wrongdoing in a scandal that erupted last year when several former staffers filed complaints with police, accusing him of sex crimes. The case has been months in the making. While serving as president, Katsav can be put on trial only if he’s impeached by parliament. He has said he would suspend himself from office if indicted.

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