On December 30, 2010, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was convicted of two rape charges in Tel Aviv after he rejected an earlier plea bargain. He was found guilty of assaulting a female employee while serving as head of the Tourism Ministry, and two women at his residence during his time as President. Katsav resigned as President in 2007 because of the sexual assault allegations. The Tel Aviv court believed Katsav's defense was "riddled with lies," including edited tapes of the women's testimony and falsely prepared datebooks. Katsav appealed his conviction in May 2011. Although his incarceration was delayed in May 2011, he began serving his 7-year prison sentence on December 7, 2011.
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