The office of the attorney general of Israel intends to charge President Moshe Katsav with rape and abuse of power. He will be allowed to present his case before charges are filed. Katsav has indicated he might resign if indicted.


Mr Katsav denies allegations of rape and sexual misconduct made by several female employees in recent months.

The recommendation to indict him comes amid a flurry of corruption allegations against top-level Israeli politicians.

Mr Katsav’s lawyers said he was innocent and charges would be dropped after the attorney general heard Mr Katsav’s side of the story.

[…]Attorney General Menachem Mazuz’s office issued a statement saying there was enough evidence to support an indictment against Mr Katsav on charges of rape, harassment, abuse of power and obstruction of justice, among other crimes.

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