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Mazuz undecided on Katsav charges
Dan Izenberg
Police expected to claim evidence is substantial enough to warrant indictment.
Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz has informed President Moshe Katsav's lawyer that the State Attorney's Office had not yet decided whether to indict him or what charges would be brought against him should it decide to do so in the coming weeks, the Justice Ministry said on Thursday. The police in the next few days are expected to present their assessment of the evidence gathered during the investigation of the sexual harassment allegations against the president and were widely expected to claim it is substantial enough to warrant preparing an indictment. While the police, in accordance with instructions from Mazuz, are filling in some gaps in the investigation, the evidence gathered so far is already being studied by the Jerusalem District Attorney's Office, which will submit its recommendation to Mazuz for his final decision. One source estimated that the recommendation would be on his desk within a few weeks. In his letter to Katsav's attorney, David Liba'i, which was sent one day before its contents were released, Mazuz wrote: "A senior team of prosecutors from the Jerusalem District Attorney's Office, headed by the district attorney [Eli Abarbanel], has been accompanying the police investigation and, in this context, is examining all the evidence. At this point, no decision has been made regarding whether there is a sufficient body of evidence for an indictment against any of those involved in the affair."
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