Israel Supreme Court upholds ex-president's rape conviction Katherine Getty at 12:24 PM ET
[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] on Thursday upheld the rape conviction of former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile]. The court rejected [AP article]
Katsav's appeal of his conviction for rape, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, finding that he misused his position as president, from which he was forced to resign after the allegations were made public. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel ended the ordeal that began in 2006. Katsav has consistently denied the charges, and his lawyer took issue with the court's decision, calling into question the credibility of the victim's testimony. The confirmation of the conviction is seen widely in Israel as a victory for women's rights and an enticement for rape victims to come forward. Katsav is expected to begin serving his seven-year sentence December 7, although his lawyers said they would study the ruling and decide whether to seek another trial before a different Supreme Court panel.
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