'Beit Hanassi Aleph' withdraws appeal demanding Katsav confrontation

February 18, 2009 10:54

'Beit Hanassi Aleph,' who accused former president Moshe Katsav of raping her during his term in office, has withdrawn her appeal to the High Court of Justice to force investigators to hold a confrontation between herself and Katsav. Despite being the person who first triggered the police investigation against Katsav, Aleph was not included in the indictment against him due to problematic evidence, and her case has been closed. Aleph's lawyers had demanded that she be allowed to confront the former president in order to shed light on the case and bring prosecutors to reverse their decision. But the court said Wednesday it was not in its place to interfere in such decisions, and recommended that the petitioners withdraw their appeal. Aleph's lawyers complied. The State Prosecution continues to build its case against Katsav, but it is not clear when an indictment will be filed.

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