Israel's ex-president Katsav guilty of rape

  • Reuters, Tel Aviv
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  • Updated: Dec 30, 2010 13:54 IST

An Israeli court found former President Moshe Katsav guilty of rape on Thursday, media reports said, convictions of unprecedented gravity for a head of the Jewish state.

Katsav, president from 2000 to 2007, had denied the charges of rape, molestation or harassment lodged by three ex-aides.

He may now try to contest the Tel Aviv district court's verdict, and what could be a lengthy jail sentence, in the Supreme Court.


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