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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Israel ex-president sentenced to 7 years on rape conviction
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On March 22, 2011, the Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Israeli ex-president, Moshe Katsav, to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting three women. One of the assaults occurred during his tenure as the minister of the Department of Tourism, and the others occurred during his term as president. Katsav was also ordered to serve two years of probation after his prison sentence and pay retribution to his victims. Katsav was originally indicted in 2009 after rejecting a plea agreement in April 2008 that would have reduced the charges to indecent assault, sexual harassment, and obstruction of justice. Katsav is the highest ranking Israeli official ever sentenced to serve time in prison.

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