The Israel Prison Service parole board on Thursday rejected former president Moshe Katsav’s appeal for early parole from his seven-year jail sentence for rape.
Former president Moshe Katsav, who is currently serving a prison sentence after he was convicted of rape, officially submitted a request for a pardon to President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday.
A parole board rejected on Wednesday former President Moshe Katsav’s bid for early release. Katsav’s lawyer Zion Amir said that the president intends to appeal the parole board’s decision.
Former President Moshe Katsav appeared at a parole board hearing on Sunday, seeking a reduction of one-third of his prison term.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced on Thursday evening that he will not be involved in the formulation of the state’s position regarding the possible parole of former president Moshe Katsav, who is serving a seven year sentence for rape, because of a prior acquaintance with him.
President Reuven Rivlin’s spokeswoman issued a statement of clarification on Sunday after reports over the weekend that he and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked favor pardoning or commuting the sentence of former president Moshe Katsav, who has served almost five years of a seven-year sentence for rape and other sexual offenses.
Former president Moshe Katsav told confidants he spoke with on Monday that he wants to mentor former prime minister Ehud Olmert while they are both at Ma’asiyahu Prison in Ramle, Channel 2 reported.
Former president Moshe Katsav will be released from prison for a Passover holiday break of 72 hours.