(photo credit: Ron Friedman )
Former president Moshe Katsav's defense attorney, Avigdor Feldman, said on Thursday that the Supreme Court was biased against Katsav even before they reviewed the case.
Feldman said that rape victim 'Aleph' showed clear discrepancies in her testimony against the former president.
Only on a claim of truth.
to describe all of the counter evidence as surrounding evidence that is
unrelated to the actual events.
The court is
protecting the plaintiffs, those who were sexually
Defending their virtue and
And the criminals who hurt them are being given
appropriate jail sentences. That's what we're
When a man or woman comes and says, '11 years
ago you raped me,'
Try to prove that you didn’t rape
her. There is no chance against a plaintiff who has bought the court’s
Feldman said that Aleph's claims that she never called the
President's Residence, nor asked for work, were false. He also insisted that she
was wrong when she gave the chronology of events that led up to her encounter
"We have proven unequivocally that at least one of the rapes
could not have occurred according to her story," Feldman said. "The complainant,
and I say this despite the ruling, lied on multiple occasions." Feldman said the
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"No wonder the court believes her. She didn't come alone. She came
with troops of journalists. They accompanied her," Feldman said.
Feldman chastised the court for accepting the Tel Aviv District Court's position on
Aleph's credibility, saying that stance proved the court's bias against Katsav.
The defense attorney also took a jab at former attorney-general Menachem Mazuz.
According to Feldman, Mazuz said Katsav was guilty before the indictment against
him was issued, and his statement swayed the Supreme Court in their
Feldman hinted that the defense may take additional steps, including
calling a new witness.
"I will read the full verdict; we only heard the
summary. We will think and consider the options together, [and decide] whether or not it is
appropriate to request further hearings," the defense attorney said. "There is the legal
possibility of preparing a hearing before an expanded panel of judges."
The Supreme Court upheld the Tel Aviv court's ruling, and the former president's seven-year prison sentence.