Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been formally charged with rape and other sexual offences.
The indictment was filed in a Tel Aviv court. The charges relate to accusations by a number of women employees who worked for Mr Katsav. According to the indictment, he raped and later molested one staffer when he was tourism minister in 1996-1999. It alleges he sexually molested two other employees after he became head of state in 2000. There are also counts of obstructing justice and tampering with a witness after the scandal became public. Mr Katsav, who resigned the presidency in 2007, denies the charges. He rejected a plea bargain, that would have allowed him to avoid a jail term, because he said he wanted to clear his name. He says he has been the victim of a witchhunt. No date has yet been set for the trial.