Posted by: nativeiowan | March 23, 2011

’bout bloody time…

Former Israeli president Katsav jailed for rape

TEL AVIV: Former President Moshe Katsav was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in jail for rape, a case that brought shame to Israel’s highest office and sent a firm message to a transfixed public that no one was above the law. Katsav had denied charges he twice raped an aide when he was a cabinet minister in the late 1990s, and molested or sexually harassed two other women who worked for him during his 2000-2007 term as president. But a three-judge panel said on convicting him in December on what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “a sad day for Israel and its residents”—that his testimony had been “riddled with lies.” “When a woman says no, she means no,” the panel said in its ruling. Katsav, 65, was also convicted of obstructing justice, for trying to confer with one complainant about her testimony to police. Netanyahu said at the time the verdict showed that “all are equal before the law”. Rape carries a minimum prison term of four years and a maximum of 16 years in Israel. Though the scandal had forced Katsav’s early retirement in disgrace, it had little impact on Israeli government functions, as the presidency is largely ceremonial. reuters

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