Katsav's lawyer: Today is a sad day of mourning

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March 22, 2011 10:39

 
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Former president Moshe Katsav's lawyer Tzion Amir on Tuesday responded to his client's seven year sentence, saying that it was "a sad day of mourning" and not a "banner day for democracy" as some people were painting it to be.

Amir said that the sentence was not surprising given the judges' opinions.

He addressed the minority opinion given by Judge Judith Shevach, who he said made very harsh statements about the authorities that "even justify an investigative committee." Shevach criticized former attorney-general Menahem Mazuz's handling of the case and gave her opinion that Katsav should have been sentenced to four years in prison.

Amir said that he would appeal the sentence in the Supreme Court.

Katsav's lawyer said that all of the details of the investigation and the case should be made open to the public.

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