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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni recommended to President Shimon Peres on Tuesday
that he reject the request for a pardon made by former president Moshe Katsav’s
family on his behalf.
Livni’s recommendation squares with the opinion of
the state’s pardons unit that Katsav should serve his full seven-year prison
term for rape.
The justice minister based her decision on “the severity
of his deeds, the exploitation of his power and the public trust placed in
Also, while Livni said she acknowledged the suffering of his family
– which the family highlighted in its request – “it is no less important to
weigh the suffering of the women whose dignity he trampled and whose bodies and
souls he desecrated.”
Livni noted that Katsav “expressed no regret” for
his actions, holding stubbornly to the story that he was innocent, and he did
not even submit the pardon request, which was submitted by his
Next, she said that when the controversy broke six years ago, she
had been justice minister at the time, and had quickly called for Katsav
formally “to step down and not to stop at just taking a leave of absence.”