Israeli Supreme Court 311.
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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a third request by former president Moshe
Katsav’s legal team to extend the deadline to file an application for an
additional appeal hearing.
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The decision came after Supreme Court
registrar Guy Shani agreed last week to allow the former president until January
29 to formally request a hearing before an expanded panel of
However, after Shani acceded to that request, Katsav made
another application for an additional extension, saying he needed more time
because he had hired a new lawyer, attorney Yoram Sheftel.
registrar said Sheftel’s hiring did not constitute a “substantial change of
circumstances,” and therefore he could not accept Katsav’s request.
criticized the former president’s legal team for failing to provide any
explanation of how they used the previous extensions granted by the court, and
for failing to explain why Sheftel was appointed so close to the court’s
The former president is serving a seven-year prison sentence
after being unanimously convicted in the Tel Aviv District Court in 2010 of two
counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, an indecent act using force,
and obstruction of justice.
In November, the Supreme Court rejected
Katsav’s appeal against that conviction and sentence.