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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
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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.
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
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.