Moshe Katsav 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
• July 31, 2000 – Moshe Katsav elected president, in a surprise victory over
favorite Shimon Peres. Becomes only the second non-Ashkenazi president,
and the first born in a Muslim country.
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• July 2006 – Katsav issues
complaint to attorney- general Menahem Mazuz, claiming a former employee is
blackmailing him. Probe shifts to Katsav himself when complainant tells
investigators he sexually assaulted her.
• August 22, 2006 – Police raid
Katsav’s house in Kiryat Malachi. The next day, police question him for 23 hours
• September 7, 2006 – Police say they have basis for an
indictment, after probing complaints by four women.
• September 13, 2006
– Katsav takes one-day leave of absence to avoid presiding over Dorit Beinisch’s
appointment as president of the Supreme Court. The ceremony, usually held at
Beit Hanassi, is held at the Knesset instead. Katsav interviewed by police for
nine hours. By September 27, the number of female complainants climbs to
• October 15, 2006 – Police recommend rape and sexual harassment
• October 29, 2006 – Mazuz recommends Katsav step down from
• January 23, 2007 – Mazuz says he will consider pursuing charges
of rape, sexual harassment, obstruction of justice, harassment of a witness,
breach of trust and fraud.
• January 24, 2007 – Katsav holds press
conference at Beit Hanassi, accusing journalists of trying him before the
evidence is heard. Accuses Channel 2 news anchor Gadi Sukenik of a witch hunt
• March 7, 2007 – Knesset House Committee fails to impeach
• June 13, 2007 – Kadima minister Peres elected over Likud MK
Reuven Rivlin to succeed him.
• June 28, 2007 – Katsav’s attorneys reach
plea bargain with Mazuz, under which he would plead guilty to sexual harassment
and indecent acts in exchange for a suspended sentence and financial
compensation for two victims. Submits letter of resignation the next
• October 30, 2007 – State prosecution tells High Court of Justice
there are contradictions in the testimony of two complainants.
2008 – Katsav calls off plea bargain after his legal team convinces him
prosecutors do not have enough evidence to convict him.
• March 2009 –
Katsav indicted by Tel Aviv District Court for rape and sexual assault against
three women. Also charged with obstructing justice and witness tampering for his
behavior after the scandal broke.
• December 30, 2010 – Katsav convicted
of raping former Tourism Ministry worker “Aleph,” sexually assaulting “Heh,” who
worked at Beit Hanassi, and sexually harassing “Lamed Yud,” an 18-year-old
national service volunteer at Beit Hanassi.
• January 2, 2011 – Tapes
revealing “Aleph” asked Katsav for $200,000, for “psychological help”
• January 16 – Transcripts of rape trial say Katsav’s testimony
“found to be false time after time.”
• January 17 – Tel Aviv court
releases full version of verdict in Katsav trial.
• February 22 –
Sentence hearing for Katsav rape trial begins in Tel Aviv.
• March 21 –
Aleph from Beit Hanassi says she will file civil suit against Katsav.
March 22 - Katsav sentenced to seven years in Tel Aviv court, announces he’ll
appeal to the Supreme Court.