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Rape trial of Israel’s ex-president resumes

world Updated: Sep 01, 2009 13:36 IST

The trial of Israel’s ex-president Moshe Katsav on several counts of rape and sexual harassment resumed on Tuesday with testimony expected from one of his alleged victims, local media reported.

The 63-year-old Iranian-born father of five, who was forced to step down from office over the charges two years ago, arrived at the Tel Aviv court but refused to talk to reporters.

The trial -- in which at least 56 witnesses have been called to testify -- opened in May with a 20-minute session during which Katsav pleaded his innocence.

The district court judge then adjourned proceedings until September 1.

Katsav has been indicted on two counts of rape, forcible indecent assault and abuse of power against an employee at his office while he was tourism minister in the 1990s, according to the justice ministry.

He is also accused of sexually harassing at least one female employee while he was president, and of obstruction of justice, it said.