Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Israeli ex-president sentenced to 7 years for rape; mercy plea rejected

Tel Aviv: An Israeli court ordered former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to prison for seven years on Tuesday following a rape conviction. The court rejected his attorneys’ request for leniency, making him the highest-ranking Israeli official ever sentenced to jail.
The silver-haired Katsav remained stoic throughout most of the reading, but he broke down in tears upon hearing his sentence.
He screamed at the judges: “You made a mistake! It is a lie! The girls know it is a lie!’’ As he exited the courtroom, two of his grown sons scuffled with security guards. “I saw you! You hurt my boy!’’ Katsav screamed. His lawyers have vowed to appeal. AP

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