Katsav refuses to submit DNA sample to national database

The Prison Service is gathering samples from all prisoners to help solve future, past crimes.

Katsav enters Massiyahu prison_311 (photo credit: Reuters)
Katsav enters Massiyahu prison_311
(photo credit: Reuters)
Imprisoned former president Moshe Katsav refused a standard request by the Prisons Service to submit a DNA sample on Wednesday.
The Prisons Service gathers DNA samples from every prisoner and keeps them in a national police database, as part of a growing reliance by law enforcement on genetic evidence to link inmates to crimes they could commit after their release.
Alternatively, the DNA can be used to link them to older, unsolved crimes.
A prisoner’s refusal to submit the sample could result in the police seeking a court order to force him to cooperate. So far, though, police have not taken any such steps.
Katsav, who was Israel’s eighth president, is serving a seven-year sentence for two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, committing an indecent act using force and obstruction of justice.
The conviction was made on the basis of a testimony by a woman known only as “Alef,” who was a former employee in the Tourism Ministry.
He is serving his sentence in the religious wing of the Ma’asiyahu Prison in Ramle.
Earlier this week, the Prisons Service denied a request by Katsav for a television and access to daily newspapers – items that are not usually accessible to or requested by prisoners in the religious wing.