Katsav may not ask for appeal hearing, says attorney

"The former president doesn't stand a chance of changing the court's mind, they didn't listen to him," says Avigdor Feldman.

December 27, 2011 03:27
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Media surrounds Moshe Katsav, Kiryat Malachi

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Moshe Katsav’s defense lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said on Monday the former president’s defense team may not request a further appeal hearing in the Supreme Court.

After the Supreme Court rejected his appeal in November, the former president and his lawyers asked for permission to request an additional hearing before an expanded panel of justices.

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A month ago, the Supreme Court ruled Katsav’s defense team could file a request for an additional hearing before an expanded panel of justices by January 8, 2012.

Speaking at at conference at Bar Ilan University, Feldman said the former president and the defense were considering together whether to go ahead and file that request.

In response, Katsav’s associates said the former president had not yet come to a decision, Army Radio reported.

If the former president’s lawyers do file a request for an additional hearing, they are expected to ask the Supreme Court to consider several legal issues that they say have not yet been answered fully. Among them is the main line of defense presented during the appeal, which argued that the prosecution’s evidence showed Katsav and “Alef,” the main complainant, had a consensual romance, even though Katsav has consistently denied ever having sex with Alef.

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