Accountant-general rejects Katsav demand for Audi A6

Former president to enjoy stripped down version of benefits; demand for office in Azrieli also rejected.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 9, 2008 18:26
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Accountant-general rejects Katsav demand for Audi A6

Katsav 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

Former president Moshe Katsav will not receive an office in the Azrieli high-rise complex nor will he receive a luxurious Audi A6 car, the Finance Ministry's Accountant-General Shuki Oren decided Wednesday. The ministry also wishes to limit the time Katsav's lawful retirement perks will be valid for, fearing he might be convicted on felonies involving moral turpitude in the sexual crimes case against him. Instead, Katsav will get benefits which are a much stripped down version of what he originally demanded. Oren briefed the general manager of Beit Hanassi, Moshe Mizrahi, regarding the limitations he imposed on the former president's retirement plan. On Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Menahem Mazuz said he did not approve Katsav's benefits since this was not in his jurisdiction. Regarding Katsav's request for an office, the government's Housing Authority will act to find an office for Katsav within the pool of properties in the authority's archive, or through short-term rental. Katsav's demand to receive an office in the Azrieli complex was exaggerated, sources in the Finance Ministry said. Oren also rejected Katsav's request to be given an office with a long-term lease. He wrote to Beit Hanassi that "the benefits given to Katsav should be limited to short time-frames so that they can be withdrawn within a short notice." Oren's instruction aims to enable the State to discontinue Katsav's benefits immediately in case he is convicted on felonies involving moral turpitude.


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