Israeli police have found sufficient evidence to charge President Moshe Katsav with multiple acts of rape and sexual harassment.

The scandal comes amid political turmoil in Israel following the recent conflict in Lebanon, which many Israelis view as a failure.


The president denies claims that he forced two female employees to have sex with him, and all other allegations against him.

He has said he is the victim of a “public lynching without trial or investigation”.

The police statement said: “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.”

“There is sufficient evidence indicating violation of the law banning wire-tapping by the president,” it added.


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