'Demjanjuk's attorney to represent Moshe Katsav'

Former president's brother announces an addition to Katsav's defense team two weeks ahead of appeal deadline.

January 15, 2012 16:51
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Moshe Katsav walking into court in October

Moshe Katsav walking into court 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))


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Moshe Katsav has hired a new lawyer, Yoram Sheftel, to join his defense team, the former president’s brother Lior said in an interview with Channel 2 on Saturday.

Sheftel is best-known for defending convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk.

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On Sunday, an associate at Sheftel’s Ramat Gan-based law firm would not confirm or deny Katsav’s hiring of Sheftel to The Jerusalem Post, but said that the attorney is currently abroad.

The former president is serving a seven-year prison sentence after being unanimously convicted in the Tel Aviv District Court in 2010 of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, an indecent act using force and obstruction of justice.

In November, the Supreme Court rejected Katsav’s appeal against that conviction and sentence. Lior Katsav’s announcement comes days after the court granted the former president’s legal team a second extension in which to file a request for an additional appeal hearing before an expanded panel of justices.

In November, after the Supreme Court denied the former president’s appeal, Katsav’s lawyers, Avigdor Feldman, Zion Amir, Mickey Hoba and Avraham Lavie, asked the court to allow them extra time to file a request for a further hearing, saying that after studying the ruling, they believed there were grounds for further discussion.

Last week, Supreme Court registrar Guy Shani said that the former president’s legal team must now submit their request by January 29.

Lior Katsav’s announcement also comes after Feldman said in December that Katsav was considering not filing the request for an additional hearing.

“Moshe Katsav did not insist on an additional hearing,” Lior Katsav told Channel 2, emphasizing that Feldman was still a member of the defense team.

“The family took that decision even though Katsav asked not to do it.”

“Even those lawyers who recommended not going for an additional hearing think that there was a miscarriage of justice that should be overturned, but they are of the opinion that in the public atmosphere it was right to give up on that,” Lior Katsav said.

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