Israeli attorney-general plans to indict president

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  1. So nobody is above the law. In Israel at least.

    Lord Goldsmith please take note

    Israeli attorney-general plans to indict president

    JERUSALEM: Israel's attorney-general notified President Moshe Katsav on Tuesday that he plans to indict him on charges of rape and abuse of power, a stunning accusation against the country's ceremonial head of state.

    A final decision on the indictment would be made only after Katsav is given the opportunity to present his case. If indicted, Katsav would be Israel's first sitting president to be charged with a crime.

    The decision by Attorney-General Meni Mazuz came just days after authorities launched a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's involvement in the sale of a government-controlled bank in 2005. Several other high-level politicians have also been implicated in other scandals.

    Katsav has denied the charges, stemming from complaints made by four women who worked for him during his tenure as president and, before that, as a Cabinet minister. Katsav has said he is the victim of a conspiracy by political enemies. The president's office said Tuesday it had no official comment.

    Mazuz's office issued a statement on Tuesday saying that it had collected enough evidence to support an indictment against Katsav on charges of rape, harassment, sexual relations involving the abuse of power, obstruction of justice and illegally accepting gifts.

    The president enjoys immunity while in office and could be tried only after his resignation or the end of his term, which is later this year. His lawyers had indicated he would resign if indicted.

    Mazuz declined to recommend that Katsav be charged with wire tapping and selling pardons.

    "I think that in the end things will become clear, and I don't think it will be what was announced today," David Mena, a friend of Katsav's, told Israel's Channel 2. "I'm sure the indictment will be softened."

    Katsav's predecessor, Ezer Weizman, resigned in 2000, just before the end of his term, after the attorney general ruled that he had improperly accepted more than US$300,000 in gifts from a French millionaire.

    Weizman was never indicted. Other presidents had been viewed as relatively free of corruption and were expected to remain above the political fray after they took office.
  2. I would like to charge Mr B Liar with abuse of power and possession of an ugly wife in a public place. If that wont fly I am sure the dangerous dogs legislation will suit.
  3. Wonder if Mazuz could be tempted here with a Golden Hello!
  4. The Israelis have the most bent politicans around with a seemingly endless number of corruption and sex scandals.

    Even their neighbours, who they're always lording it over, dont have their heads of state accused of rape!
  5. Clever man that prosecutor. If he can get the President into court, Olmhert doesn't stand much of a chance then does he?
  6. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    They'll have to hold the trial in Wembley Stadium just to get the spectators in!! Bright side is they'll be no shortage for Jury Duty.... :thumright: