Entries in Moshe Katsav (3)


Israel's Foreign Minister to Face Corruption Charges

Comstock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israel's justice system recently convicted the country's former president, Moshe Katsav, on rape charges.  Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is still being investigated on a number of corruption charges and now it looks like the current foreign minister, Avigdor Leiberman, will be the next one to stand trial.

Israel's attorney general says he plans to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of money laundering, aggravated fraud, and breach of trust. The move comes after more than 10 years of investigating Leiberman for allegedly taking millions of dollars he laundered through shell companies.  Leiberman denies the charges. 

The official indictment is expected to be filed next month after a judicial hearing.  Formal charges will force the foreign minister to resign and because he is the head of the 2nd biggest party in the ruling coalition, it may also destabilize Prime Minister Netanyahu's government.

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Former Israeli President Sentenced to Seven Years in Jail

JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images(TEL AVIV) -- Moshe Katsav, Israel's president from 2000 to 2007, has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of rape and other sexual offenses brought against him last December.

He is the highest-ranking Israeli official ever jailed.

Judges said they handed down a severe punishment because Katsav sexually abused women over many years and while holding public office. Rape, they said, damages and destroys a person's soul.

The sentence is being praised in Israel as a victory for the country's legal system.

Lawyers for the former president plan to appeal the sentence.

Katsav reports to jail May 8.

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Former Israeli President Found Guilty of Rape, Sexual Harassment

Photo Courtesy - Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- The man who served as Israel's eighth president from 2000-2007 was found guilty Thursday of two counts of rape and other sexual offenses.

Israel's former President Moshe Katsav was convicted of raping a former employee twice and sexually harassing two others. The lead judge in Tel Aviv's district court ruled that Katsav's testimony, in which he stated that he did not rape his former employee while serving as the ministry of tourism over 10 years ago, was filled with lies.

The verdict means Katsav will spend four-to-16 years in prison when he is sentenced.

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