Israeli Rapist Ex-president Moshe Katsav To Be Set Free on Parole

Israel’s ex-president Moshe Katsav, who is serving a seven-year sentence for rape, will be released early.

The parole board met  a week ago to discuss the appeal. The State Prosecutor’s Office again opposed an early release.

Katsav has served five years of his sentence, having been imprisoned in May 2011.

The board rejected Katsav’s request in August, when he had completed serving two thirds of his sentence.

The board said at the time it would hold another hearing half a year later.

In August, the board left in force a decision from April not to cut the former president’s prison term, despite a recommendation from a rehabilitation committee that an inmate may be freed even without admitting guilt or expressing regret.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    The Parole Board announced on Sunday their intent to release former President Moshe Katsav from prison.

    Katsav was charged with rape, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He has so far served only five of those years.

    As in previous discussions, the prosecution opposed Katsav’s release, claiming there had been no change which would justify early release. They also pointed out the fact Katsav did not take responsibility for his criminal acts and refused to express regret for committing them.

    Katsav participates in the Israel Prison Service’s sessions for sex offenders, but as mentioned has not admitted to actually committing any.

    A few months ago, the Parole Board refused to release Katsav early, claiming it was “not yet the time to allow the prisoner to be released, and there is no reason to cancel the Board’s previous decision.”

    However, they also said Katsav could appeal again within six months, as long as he continued participating in the aforementioned sessions.

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