Katsav requests additional Supreme Court hearing

November 24, 2011 14:14

Former president Moshe Katsav's legal team filed a request to the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking for an additional hearing before an extended panel of justices.

Katsav's defense attorneys, Avigdor Feldman, Zion Amir, Mickey Hoba and Avraham Lavie filed the request exactly two weeks after the top court rejected Katsav's appeal against his rape conviction and sentence, and with the start of his seven-year prison sentence looming on December 7th.

The former president was unanimously convicted in the Tel Aviv District Court a year ago of  two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, an indecent act using force, and obstruction of justice.

The panel of Supreme Court justices - Miriam Naor, Edna Arbel and Salim Joubran - stated unanimously in their ruling that the District Court's verdict was sound and that Katsav would serve the seven-year prison term imposed by the lower court.

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