'Katsav given chance to change story'

Lawyer: President never had romantic or sexual relationship with accusers.

May 21, 2007 11:54
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President Moshe Katsav, who suspended himself last January due to allegations of sexual crimes, has no intention of changing his version of events, his lawyer said on Monday. The statements from attorney Avigdor Feldman came after the Justice Ministry announced on Monday that it had asked Katsav if he were interested in giving a different account, since the one the president's lawyers had provided partially contradicted the testimony Katsav had given police. The ministry clarified, however, that it had not offered to alter the charges against Katsav in return for a new testimony. Feldman denied the statements and maintained that his client had never had a romantic or sexual relationship with any of the women accusing him. Katsav has been under investigation since last summer for alleged crimes ranging from sexual harassment to rape. He has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that he has been the victim of a witch hunt.

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