Police raid Katsav's residence

President to be questioned Wednesday over sexual harassment allegations.

August 22, 2006 13:34
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Police investigators conducted a search of President Moshe Katsav's home and offices on Monday night as part of their broad investigation into sexual harassment allegations aimed at the president. The police confiscated documents and computers - including the president's personal computer - during their search, and were analyzing what they found, Israel Radio reported. They were reportedly looking for electronic correspondence between the president and the women alleging he harrassed them. Police declined to comment on the incident. A Beit Hanassi spokesperson said the president's office is cooperating with the police, and is willing to let them see whatever they want in order to "expose the truth." The president is scheduled to be questioned by police at Beit Hanassi on Wednesday. The decision was made jointly between the police's investigative unit and the president's staff. Police Insp.-Gen. Moshe Karadi met in July with Intelligence and Investigation Division head Cmdr. Yohanan Danino to discuss the appointment of the special investigative team to probe charges of sexual harassment leveled against Katsav. Two women have accused Katsav of sexual harrassment. The president has denied the allegations. Israeli presidents enjoy immunity from trial on charges related to their tenure in office, but are not immune from investigation. AP contributed to this report

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