Former president Katsav likely to ask for retrial of rape conviction

October 10, 2013 11:53


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Former President Moshe Katsav is likely to ask for a retrial of his rape conviction in the coming days according to his lawyer Yehoshua Reznick.

Katsav has already served significant time and lost an appeal of his conviction to the Supreme Court.

Few requests for a mistrial are 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.

Reznick did not want to speculate about tactics until filing, but media reports indicated that aspects of the earlier trial had been fundamentally unjust.

Without any new legal development, Katsav is still due to serve the majority of his seven year sentence.

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