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Former Israeli president given prison sentence

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Former Israeli president given prison sentence


The former Israeli president, Moshe Katsav, is facing seven years in prison after being found guilty on multiple charges of rape and sexual harassment.

Katsav, from the centre-right Likud party, was president from 2000 to 2007. Previous to that, he was minister for tourism.

The charges involve three women and stem from allegations made against him in both jobs – two while he was president and one as tourism minister.

In December, the three-judge panel found the 65-year-old guilty on two charges of rape, two of forceful sexual harassment and one of sexual harassment.

Katsav denied the claims, insisting he was the victim of a political witch-hunt, and went to trial after rejecting a plea bargain that would have kept him out of jail.

The judges at the court in Tel Aviv ruled that he will start his sentence on May 8.

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