Israel's ex-president Katzav to appeal against rape sentence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011
Moshe Katzav

Moshe Katzav

Moshe Katzav is planning to appeal against the seven year prison sentence he was given following his conviction for raping a former employee.

With just a month before his sentence is due to begin on May 8, lawyers for the disgraced former Israeli president said they would ask for a delay.

Katzav, the most senior Israeli politician to face jail time, was convicted in December of two counts of rape, one of indecent assault and one of obstruction of justice.

The 65-year-old, Israel's eighth president, was also ordered to pay compensation totalling £19,000 to two of his victims. However this week it emerged that his victims had yet to receive any money.

Last updated: 9:19am, April 12 2011