The prosecution on Monday filed its opposition to former president Moshe
Katsav’s request to the Supreme Court for a retrial in his sex crimes
Katsav filed his retrial motion on October 14, 2013,
following his December 2011 sentence of seven years in prison.
attorney, Yehoshua Reznick, said at the time that the request was based on
“factual and legal discrepancies” in the case. He also said there was a lack of
evidence supporting the testimony of a woman who testified that Katsav raped
her, and the request said that phone records cast serious doubt on this
The state’s opposition said that the factual discrepancies
that Reznick noted were not new, were in fact argued at trial, and consequently
would be rejected in a retrial just as they were previously rejected.
state said that the fact that “a rape was committed, and the court found that a
rape was committed, cannot constitute injustice.”
Requests for mistrial
are rarely granted after losing an appeal to the Supreme Court, unless a radical
new factual element comes into play such as new DNA evidence or a new person
confessing to the crime.
In September, Katsav left prison for his first
24-hour furlough, after meeting the legal requirements, which included serving a
quarter of his sentence.
Without any new legal development, Katsav is
still due to serve the majority of his seven- year sentence.
contributed to this report.
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