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Former Israeli President Moshe Katzav is a convicted rapist

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    Vladimir Putin's international image has been tainted after it emerged he had let slip another of his infamous remarks - this time praising the president of Israel for alleged sex offences.

    "He turned out to be a strong man, raped 10 women," the Russian president was quoted by Russian media as saying at a meeting in Moscow with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert. "I never would have expected it of him. He has surprised us all, we all envy him!"

    Israeli police announced on Sunday that the president, Moshe Katsav, could be charged with the rape and sexual harassment of several women.
    Mr Putin, a former KGB spy, is well known for his crude off-the-cuff quips. On Wednesday he and Mr Olmert met reporters before talks on Iran and bilateral relations. "Say hi to your president - he really surprised us," Mr Putin was heard saying to Mr Olmert as the Kremlin press conference ended.

    That was the only comment that reached most journalists' ears, but Andrei Kolesnikov, a Kremlin pool veteran, heard the rest. "It was one of those moments when you couldn't believe your ears," he said. Another reporter said officials had burst into laughter.

    One of Mr Olmert's delegation said Mr Putin referred to "dealing with" 10 women, not raping them.

    The Kremlin press service confirmed the remarks but said it did not know the exact wording. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC the comments were meant as a joke and "in no way meant that President Putin welcomes rape.

    "Russian is a very complicated language, sometimes it is very sensitive from the point of view of phrasing."

    Russian leader in dock over sex case remarks

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    Israeli president lies low after rape claim

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    The Israeli president has canceled his attendance at the opening ceremony of the winter session of parliament after police recommended he should face rape charges.

    Several MPs, including all members of the liberal Meretz party, had threatened to boycott the ceremony, one of the president's most important and visible duties, if it was attended by Moshe Katsav.

    The president's brother, Lior, said Katsav, who could soon be facing the most serious charges ever brought against an Israeli official, had decided to stay home to protect the dignity of the Knesset, or parliament.

    He told Army Radio; "There are apparently some members of Knesset who want to hover like vultures over carcasses and create provocations and to harm the image of the Knesset and symbols of power in Israel.

    "The president will not be part of this charade."

    Police on Sunday recommended that Katsav be indicted for rape, aggravated sexual assault and other counts, after completing a months-long investigation into complaints by women who worked for him.

    Katsav denies any wrongdoing.

    The final decision on whether to indict the president rests with Meni Mazuz, the attorney general.

    Although a decision is likely to be weeks away, calls on Katsav to temporarily step aside or resign are growing.

    Katsav's lawyer, Zion Amir, said his client has no plans to step down, though a formal indictment would "be a turning point that the president will have to take into consideration".

    While Israel has a long history of political scandals, the charges that Katsav could face would be the most serious criminal counts ever brought against a serving official.

    Katsav, who has not commented on the police recommendations, has said he is the victim of a conspiracy.

    "We have no doubt of his innocence," Lior Katsav said.

    "We know he is being framed and he is being blamed of things that did not happen."

    Katsav skips ceremony amid rape claims

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    Moshe Katsav, Israel's president, should be charged with rape and sexual harrassment, police have recommended.

    "There is sufficient evidence indicating that in several cases ... the president carried out acts of rape, forced sexual acts, sexual acts without consent and sexual harassment," the Israeli police said in a statement.

    The recommendation was made during a meeting between police investigators and Meni Mazuz, the Israeli attorney general, who will decided whether the president should face trial.

    According to the statement, the police also believe that there is enough evidence to bring charges of fraud and malfeasance in office over the granting of pardons by the president, as well as charges for carrying out illegal wire-taps.

    Accusations that Katsav disrupted a police investigation and harassed a witness are still being investigated.

    The charges would be the most serious ever brought against a serving Israeli official and Katsav is immune from standing trial unless he is impeached by parliament.

    Katsav has denied any wrongdoing and said he has been the victim of a "public lynching without trial or investigation".

    Israel Radio and Channel 2 TV said the case against the president is based on complaints by five women who claimed he made unwanted sexual advances toward them during his time as president and before that, when he was a government minister.

    Complaints by five other women are not being pursued because the statute of limitations has run out, media reports said.

    A police investigation was launched earlier this year after a former employee alleged he forced her to have sex under the threat of dismissal.

    Police have repeatedly questioned Katsav at his official residence as well as seizing his computer and personal documents.

    The position of president in Israel is largely ceremonial and carries very little real authority.

    Israel's president 'should face rape charge'

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    The police plan to announce the official end of their investigation into the case of President Moshe Katsav on Sunday, and police sources said that the probe has produced evidence to support all three of the possible charges against the president: sexual offenses, improprieties in the pardons process and illegal wiretapping of President's Residence employees.

    The prosecution must still decide whether this evidence is sufficient for an indictment. However, senior police officials said this weekend that they believe an indictment is certain; the only question, they said, is on which charges.

    Prosecution sources said that at least with regard to the sex offenses, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz is expected to adopt the police's recommendation to indict. Police have received complaints from 10 women against Katsav, and police sources said that an indictment could be filed in three or four of these cases.

    With regard to both the sexual offenses and the pardons process, the police have evidence that has not previously been published in the media, the sources said.

    But Katsav's lawyer, Zion Amir, insisted on Saturday that the evidence does not justify indicting his client in any of the three categories of charges.

    The prosecution may also decide to indict certain senior employees of the President's Residence on charges of abetting some of Katsav's alleged crimes, the police sources said.

    With regard to the pardons issue, both the director general of the President's Residence and the residence's legal advisor have already been questioned under warning, and police sources said that over the last few days, they have uncovered additional evidence of improprieties in the granting of pardons.

    The Justice Ministry plans to hold a final meeting on the Katsav case on Sunday, during which the police team investigating the president will give the prosecution its latest findings and also, presumably, its recommendations on whether to indict. Jerusalem District Attorney Eli Abarbanel, who has been monitoring the case, is then expected to complete his recommendation in the next few days and pass it on to State Prosecutor Eran Shendar, along with a draft indictment. Mazuz is expected to make his final decision on the case within two weeks.

    Police sources explained that while some of the evidence collected indicates criminal behavior on Katsav's part, much of it seems to point instead to behavior that was merely problematic from a public standpoint.

    Mazuz will thus have to decide whether the "criminal" evidence is strong enough to give the prosecution a reasonable chance of winning a conviction in court.

    The prosecution will also have to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge A., the former President's Residence employee who accused Katsav of rape, with attempting to blackmail the president. Police officials said that they believe there is evidence to support such a charge.

    Israeli police: Indictment against President a 'fait accompli'

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    Eighth allegation of sexual assault filed against Katsav

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    Israeli police: Enough evidence found to indict Katsav on sex charges

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  • Former Israeli President Moshe Katzav is a convicted rapist

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 23 — The Israeli police on Wednesday questioned President Moshe Katsav at his official residence for five hours regarding allegations of sexual harassment.
    Mr. Katsav, who has denied any wrongdoing, was “questioned under caution,” a legal term in Israel that means the person is the subject of an investigation.
    “The president cooperated in full and answered the investigators’ questions,” said Mr. Katsav’s lawyer, Zion Amir.
    The police planned to return Thursday for additional questioning, according to a police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld.
    The case involves an unnamed woman who previously worked in the president’s office, according to reports in the Israeli news media.
    Under Israeli law, Mr. Katsav is immune from criminal prosecution while he is president, a largely ceremonial position. However, Parliament can remove him from office if it finds he has acted improperly.
    Mr. Katsav’s seven-year term ends next year, and once he is out of office he can be prosecuted, according to the Justice Ministry.
    Also Wednesday, prosecutors indicted the former justice minister, Haim Ramon, on sexual harassment charges. He resigned his post on Sunday, just days after the attorney general said he would file charges.
    According to prosecutors, Mr. Ramon, 56, kissed an 18-year-old female soldier against her will at an office party last month. Mr. Ramon says he is innocent.

    Comment: That's what happened with Moshe Katsav, who is married and has 5 kids, Long live to who is still single but quiet?

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