Former president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav was given seven hours’ respite from prison on Sunday afternoon in order to attend his son’s wedding.
The leave was granted despite the fact that Katsav, who began his seven-year jail term in 2011, has not yet served a third of his sentence, which is ordinarily the minimum that would qualify a prisoner for consideration for time off. However, the outing was approved after police and a mental health committee agreed that Katsav, who was convicted of rape and sexual harassment, was not a threat to the public.
Katsav was allowed only to go directly to and from the wedding of his son Noam. He was forbidden from talking to the press or visiting his home in Kiryat Malachi, and had to be back behind bars at the Ma’asiyahu prison by midnight.
According to Maariv, the 500 guests at the wedding have been asked to bring their invitations with them as proof of entry, in order to prevent prying eyes and cameras from intruding on the event.