Former president Moshe Katsav at Supreme Court 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
The Knesset Interior Affairs Committee on Tuesday held a classified discussion on the conditions of former
president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav’s imprisonment.
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was initiated by MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas), who requested that the former president
be kept under house arrest until after his final appeal, which is scheduled for
Sources in the committee said that few MKs attended the
discussion, and that Ze’ev, committee chairman Amnon Cohen (Shas) and MK Otniel
Schneller (Kadima) favored the option of house arrest, while MK Dov Henin
(Hadash) opposed. Representatives of the Public Security Ministry in the meeting
also voiced opposition to the Shas MK’s initiative.
No vote took place,
and the protocols of the discussion will be sent to Public Security Minister
Ze’ev repeated his assertion that Katsav’s Kiryat
Malachi home is “a building that is suitable for house arrest. It is surrounded
by walls, which the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) required when Katsav was
“All of the elements necessary to legally put him in
house arrest are already in place,” Ze’ev told The Jerusalem
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According to the Prison Law, a public security minister may send a
prisoner to a “temporary prison” in case of “contagious diseases or other
reasons that he sees fit for this instruction.”
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