Court to decide if Katsav appeal to be behind closed doors

July 26, 2011 22:40

In response to a request made by the state to hold former president Moshe Katsav's appeal behind closed doors, the Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday evening that it would make a decision on the matter by August 1st.

Katsav's attorneys have opposed the state's request on the grounds that the trial should be open to the public in order that they can "evaluate the evidence for themselves".

Katsav was convicted in December of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, an indecent act using force, and obstruction of justice. He has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The former president's rape trial was held behind closed doors in order to protect the identities of the complainants. The Tel Aviv District Court released full transcripts of the testimonies made during the trial earlier this month.

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