Katsav verdict due on December 28

The charges against the former president include rape, committing indecent acts, sexual harassment, obstructing justice and harassment of a witness.

Moshe Katsav 311 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Moshe Katsav 311
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The verdict in the trial of former president Moshe Katsav will be delivered on Tuesday, December 28, the Courts Administration announced on Thursday.
At the state’s request, Katsav’s trial in the Tel Aviv District Court was held behind closed doors.
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The trial began on May 14, 2009, before Judges George Karra, Miriam Sokolov and Judith Shevach.
The only transcripts of the proceedings that were published during the trial were of the opening speeches by the defense and prosecution and a single day’s hearing.
The charges against Katsav include two counts of rape, one count of committing an indecent act using force, one count of committing an indecent act, two counts of sexual harassment, one count of harassing a witness and one count of obstructing justice.

The indictment includes alleged sexual misconduct on Katsav’s part against three women including “Aleph,” who worked for him in the Ministry of Tourism, and “Heh” and “Lamed Yod,” who worked for him at Beit Hanassi.
The most serious charges against Katsav involve Aleph. According to the indictment, Katsav raped her on two occasions and also used force to commit an indecent act.
Katsav’s lawyers include Avigdor Feldman, Zion Amir and Avraham Lavie. The state prosecutors in the case are Ronit Amiel and Nissim Merom.