"Tourism Ministry Aleph," the key witness against former president Moshe Katsav, took the stand on Tuesday in her first day of testimony. As with all the other proceedings in the trial, the hearing was held behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv District Court has rejected a petition from Yediot Aharonot calling for the publication of transcripts of all the hearings, including the testimony of the seven women who complained that Katsav had committed sexual crimes against them.
The indictment against Katsav is based on the allegations of three of the women. The former president is accused of twice raping Tourism Ministry Aleph and committing an indecent act using force. The court ruled that women would be unwilling to complain about sexual misconduct if they knew their testimony in court would be made public.