Katsav meets with lawyers about possible appeal

Legal team arrives at former president's Kiryat Malachi home for first meeting since rape, sexual assault conviction.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 3, 2011 12:01
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Former president Moshe Katsav in courthouse

katsav enters court 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

 
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Former president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav met with his lawyers at his Kiryat Malachi home on Monday morning.

Attorney Avigdor Feldman told reporters gathered outside Katsav's house, "You're wasting your time," indicating that there would be no public comments.

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The meeting was presumed to strategize about a possible appeal of Katsav's rape conviction last week.

Feldman told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the former president's appeal to the Supreme Court will include the defense’s preliminary argument in the lower court that the trial should be canceled because the defendant could not get a fair trial.

Feldman and his partners, attorneys Zion Amir and Avraham Lavie, had charged that Katsav did not stand a chance of acquittal from the outset because the panel of three judges in the Tel Aviv District Court had been influenced by unfair external circumstances such as the allegedly hostile coverage of the affair by the media.

On Saturday, State Attorney Moshe Lador said that the prosecution would issue its recommendation for the sentencing within two weeks.

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Ron Friedman and Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.

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