Ex-president Katsav asks Rivlin to remove his parole limitations
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Ex-president Katsav asks Rivlin to remove his parole limitations

Convicted rapist who was freed last year asks current president to remove his restrictions on leaving country, curfew hours

Former president Moshe Katsav walks with his wife Gila, after his release from Ma'asiyahu Prison, where he served five years of a seven-year rape sentence, on December 21, 2016. (Photo by Aloni Mor/Flash90)
Former president Moshe Katsav walks with his wife Gila, after his release from Ma'asiyahu Prison, where he served five years of a seven-year rape sentence, on December 21, 2016. (Photo by Aloni Mor/Flash90)

Former president Moshe Katsav, who was released from prison last December after serving five years for rape and other sexual offences, has appealed to President Reuven Rivlin to free him from the limitations of his parole.

Katsav was freed from prison after serving two thirds of a seven-year jail sentence. Under the terms of his parole, Katsav is barred from leaving his home in Kiryat Malachi between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. In addition Katsav is not allowed to leave the country or to make any statements to the media.

The former president must also attend rehab and must visit a psychologist once a week. He also has to check in with a parole officer every month.

These limitations remain in effect until December 2018, when his full seven-year sentence would have ended.

But in his appeal to Rivlin on Tuesday, the ex-president asked that the limitations be removed immediately. According to the Ynet news site, the 71-year-old Katsav cited his advanced age and his good behavior in prison.

Under Israeli law the president has the power to pardon or commute the sentences of convicts, a power presidents rarely use.

Earlier this month Katsav lost a similar appeal made to his parole board.

The President’s Office confirmed that it had received a request from Katsav, but would not comment on whether Rivlin was considering accepting the request. In past cases the President’s Office has said that applications for commutation would be considered in accordance with the advice of the Justice Ministry and relevant sources.

Katsav was convicted in 2010 of two counts of rape among other related charges. He served his sentence in Ma’asiyahu Prison between December 2011 — December 2016.

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