Israel’s Supreme Court has turned down an appeal against his rape conviction by former president Moshe Katsav. He will now begin serving his seven-year sentence, which the court also upheld, on December 7.
Katsav was convicted of twice raping an aide in the 1990s when he was a minister, then molesting or sexually harrassing two other women while he was president.
“The ruling of the Supreme Court reaffirms that everybody in Israel is equal before the law. Presidents and dignitaries must (also) be held to account for their actions,” prosecution attorney Naomi Granot said after the verdict was given.
Katsav had consistently denied the charges. The court said his version of events had been “fundamentally unreliable”.
“He fell from dizzying heights to a deep abyss,” it said in its ruling. “It is hard to see someone who served as an official symbol of the state going to jail.”