On May 2, 2011, former Israeli president Moshe Katsav appealed his conviction to the Israeli Supreme Court prior to beginning a seven-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault. The motion requested that Katsav's sentence be postponed until after his appeal is heard. The Tel Aviv District Court convicted Katsav in December 2010 of assaulting a female employee from the Department of Tourism and two other women at the President's Residence. The plea that resulted from Katsav's conviction was highly criticized by women's rights activists and civil rights activists, who filed petitions to overturn the plea agreement. The Israeli Supreme Court ultimately upheld Katsav's conviction, and he began serving his seven-year sentence in December 2011.
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