Katsav refuses to submit DNA sample to national database

The Prison Service is gathering samples from all prisoners to help solve future, past crimes.

March 14, 2012 16:45
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Katsav enters Massiyahu prison

Katsav enters Massiyahu prison_311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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Imprisoned former president Moshe Katsav refused a standard request by the Prisons Service to submit a DNA sample on Wednesday.

The Prisons Service gathers DNA samples from every prisoner and keeps them in a national police database, as part of a growing reliance by law enforcement on genetic evidence to link inmates to crimes they could commit after their release.

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Alternatively, the DNA can be used to link them to older, unsolved crimes.

A prisoner’s refusal to submit the sample could result in the police seeking a court order to force him to cooperate. So far, though, police have not taken any such steps.

Katsav, who was Israel’s eighth president, is serving a seven-year sentence for two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, committing an indecent act using force and obstruction of justice.

The conviction was made on the basis of a testimony by a woman known only as “Alef,” who was a former employee in the Tourism Ministry.

He is serving his sentence in the religious wing of the Ma’asiyahu Prison in Ramle.

Earlier this week, the Prisons Service denied a request by Katsav for a television and access to daily newspapers – items that are not usually accessible to or requested by prisoners in the religious wing.

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