JERUSALEM, May 8 (UPI) -- Moshe Katsav, former president of Israel, has been jailed since December 2011, serving time for his conviction on two rape charges. However, the 70-year-old and his family are hopeful his time in jail will be cut short by clemency.
Though prison officials have not reported any signs of mental distress or requested the assistance of a psychiatrist, Katsav's family says the former leader's mental health is deteriorating as a result of his imprisonment.
Katsav's wife Gila has met twice with Rivlin about a possible pardon for her husband. Reports suggest Rivlin is unlikely to grant his predecessor clemency -- and has told Gila Katsav as much.
The bid for clemency comes after the Israel Prisons Service parole board denied Katsav a bid for early release in April. The parole board cited Katsav's continued denial of the rape charges as a primary reason for their decision.
The ex-president has already served nearly three-quarters of his 7-year sentence, and even if not pardoned, is due to be released in early 2018.