Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Israeli Prez Sex Scandals

Israel's President Moshe Katsav is facing possible indictment of rape charges which were recommended by the police and may be brought by  Attorney General Menahem Mazuz. The 60-y.o. wedded father of five and grandfather of six is apparently accused of sexual harassment of his underlings, fraud by giving personal gifts using governmental funds, wire-tapping his staff to monitor their conversations, and raping two women subordinates that were in his office. The embattled Prez could serve up to sixteen years upon conviction of the rape charges alone. Faced with opposition MP's ready to end his office and hostile to his appearance before the opening of the Knesset's winter session, Katsav ensconced himself at his official west Jerusalem residence. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni opined that the President should step down now that an indictment was imminent: the President said that he would if the AG endorsed the police conclusions. Americans can empathize with their Israeli counterparts.

Cf. http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2006/10/17/1160850933294.html and http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1159193438706&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull.

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