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Former Israeli pres. Katsav gets 7yrs in jail for rape

March 25, 2011

The conviction of a former president on rape charges is virtually unheard of anywhere in the developed world. The conviction and sentence is being held up as a victory for women’s rights in Israel.

The 65-year-old is the highest-ranking Israeli official ordered to serve jail time. In December Katsav was convicted of twice raping a former employee while he was minister of tourism in the 1990s and sexually harassing two other women during his presidential term between 2000 and 2007.

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