Ex-Israeli president on first leave from prison

Sept. 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Moshe Katzav, a former president of Israel, was allowed his first 24-hour leave Monday since being imprisoned in November 2011 after he was convicted of rape.

Katzav has served a quarter of his seven-year sentence, which entitles him to leave confinement for a day under Israel's prison rehabilitation policies, the Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva reported.

Katzav resigned as president in July 2007 after allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment surfaced. He was convicted in December 2010 of two counts of rape of former employees.

The ex-president had been convicted "of acts that didn't take place," his brother, Lior, told journalists outside Maasiyahu Prison.

"The battle to overturn his conviction continues, the truth will come to light, we haven't heard the last word yet," Lior Katsav said.

Moshe Katsav refused to answer questions from journalists as he left the prison.

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