Katsav: Supreme Court should have heard my testimony

The former president is angry over his treatment by judicial system, confident that he "knows the truth."

November 10, 2011 15:05
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Former president Moshe Katsav

katsav appeal 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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Former president Moshe Katsav on Thursday expressed resentment at the Supreme Court telling relatives and close friends he was angry with the judicial system for not allowing him to testify.

The panel of Supreme Court justices on Thursday upheld Moshe Katsav's seven-year rape sentence, and rejected all of the former president's defenses.

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According to one close friend, David Mot'ei, who visited the former president at his Kiryat Malachi home, Katsav said that he thought the Supreme Court should have "heard his arguments, but the [judicial] system was not listening."

Katsav told Mot'ei that despite a seven-year prison sentence, "nothing could break him."
According to Mot'ei, who spoke to the press outside of Katsav's house, the former president appeared strong, and that despite the ruling, Katsav was sure that he "knew the truth."

The court rejected Katsav's defense that Aleph, Katsav's victim, lied in her version of the encounter between the two because she didn't complain at the time of the incident but waited until later. The ruling said there was no doubt that Katsav carried out the act with force.

The court also did not accept the line of defense that there was a romance between Aleph and Katsav.

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