Former president Moshe Katsav has sent another request appealing his prison sentence to President Reuven Rivlin.
The request has been forwarded to the Justice Ministry for a legal opinion, after which Rivlin will discuss it with his legal adviser, Orit Corinaldi-Surkis.
The appeal is Katsav’s third this year. The Prison Service parole board, in August, rejected Katsav’s request for a reduction of his sentence.
Katsav has consistently denied the rape charges for which he was convicted and refuses to express remorse for something he says he did not do. Katsav has spent slightly less than five years of a seven-year sentence in Ma’asiyahu Prison. Under ordinary circumstances, had he expressed remorse and undergone a rehabilitation course, the former president likely already would have been released.
Until now, Rivlin, has not shown any clemency toward sex offenders, nor did Shimon Peres before him.