Katsav requests presidential pardon on rape conviction

October 15, 2012 13:41

JERUSALEM -- Former president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav filed a request for a presidential pardon on Monday

Katsav filed the request with the Justice Ministry. It will be forwarded to sitting President Shimon Peres.

Katsav is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence for his conviction on two counts of rape and other sexual offenses. He entered prison in December.

His petition reportedly asks for a pardon so that he can appeal the conviction and clear his name from outside of prison. It also says that Katsav did not get a fair trial and that having to resign as president was punishment enough.

He reportedly has not expressed remorse for his crime, necessary for receiving a pardon.

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