President Moshe Katsav should not be allowed to continue living in Beit Hanassi during the period of his suspension, Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz told Knesset legal adviser Nurit Elstein on Tuesday. Mazuz wrote that Katsav's decision to continue living in the residence "is not in keeping with the aim of the law which is to create a temporary cessation in the president's term of office because of the criminal investigation against him."
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Mazuz added that this was particularly true in the case of Katsav because one of the four women regarding whom he is suspected of sexual misconduct still works there, others employed in the residence were questioned by police and may testify against the president and because he is suspected of harassing a witness who is also still working at the residence.
Mazuz added that he believed Katsav was still entitled to his salary and official car.
He told Elstein she ought to issue a legal opinion that would give substance to the Knesset House Committee's decision to allow Katsav to "temporarily cease to fulfill his duties and to use his powers."
An official at Beit Hanassi said Mazuz's letter had not arrived and therefore he could not respond to it.