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30 December 2010 Last updated at 07:33 ET

Israel’s former President Moshe Katsav has been convicted of rape by a court in Tel Aviv and could go to jail.

He was found guilty of raping an employee in the 1990s when he was tourism minister and of later sexual offences while he was president.

The judges said they believed the evidence of the woman whose testimony had led to two charges of rape.

Moshe Katsav resigned from the largely ceremonial post of head of state in 2007 and was indicted in March 2009.

MOSHE KATSAV

  • Convicted of rape and sexual harassment, 2010
  • Born in Iran – first Israeli president to come from a Muslim country
  • Became Likud MP in 1977 at the age of 30
  • Married since 1969, with five children

While his resignation caused shock across Israel, it had limited political consequences.

Rape commands a jail term in Israel of at least four years, although Katsav is thought to be likely to contest the conviction in Israel’s supreme court.

State prosecutor Ronit Amiel said the verdict carried a message to other victims of abuse of power that they should not remain silent.

‘Riddled with lies’

The former president, 65, who was in office for seven years from 2000, had denied the charges, the most serious ever levelled against an Israeli head of state. 


The Israeli media is describing this conviction as unprecedented in the democratic world.

Extraordinarily Moshe Katsav had previously withdrawn from a plea bargain which would have allowed him to avoid jail time. Now it appears certain that the former president will be sentenced to prison. The minimum sentence for rape in Israel is four years.

Some have suggested that Moshe Katsav’s trial is another sign of the rottenness at the heart of Israeli politics. The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is currently facing corruption charges.

But others point out that the fact that even a former president is not above the law is a sign of the health of Israel’s democracy.

When he stepped down in 2007, he initially agreed to plead guilty to sexual misconduct and avoid more serious charges, but he withdrew the plea bargain the following year.

According to the indictment, the rape charges dated back to April 1998 when the former employee described as Woman A alleged he had first raped her at the tourism ministry office and later at a hotel in Jerusalem.

The further charges related to claims of sexual harassment of two women in 2003 and 2005 during his presidency.

Reading the verdict, Judge George Karra who presided over a panel with two other judges, said: “We believe the plaintiff [Woman A] because her testimony is supported by elements of evidence, and she told the truth.”

Katsav’s evidence, the judges decided, was “riddled with lies”.

Although members of his family were with him in court, his wife Gila was not. He appeared to be visibly distraught as the verdict was read out and one of his sons was heard saying repeatedly “it’s not true”.

Sentencing is expected to take place next month and before the former president left court, he was told to surrender his passport.

Moshe Katsav at Tel Aviv District Court (30 Dec 2010)
Katsav, president for seven years until 2007, had rejected a plea bargain

His son, Boaz, told reporters the family would fight on to prove his innocence. “We will continue to walk with our heads high, so all the nation throughout its generations, with God’s help, will know that father, the eighth president of the State of Israel, is innocent.”

‘Lynching’

Moshe Katsav was born in Iran and emigrated at the age of six to Israel with his family in 1951. He joined the right-wing Likud party and held a number of ministerial posts before becoming president.

The allegations against him first surfaced in 2006 and led to him stepping down the following year, to be replaced by current President Shimon Peres.

After his indictment, he gave a televised news conference claiming he was the “victim of a lynching” organised by then-Attorney General Menahem Mazuz.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a “sad day for the State of Israel and its citizens” but added that the trial was a sign of strength of the country’s judicial system.

“Today the court conveyed two clear-cut messages, that all are equal before the law and that every woman has exclusive rights to her body,” he said.

Women’s groups in Israel have welcomed the verdict, arguing that allegations of sexual harassment are too often ignored.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12091982

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Moshe Katsav was born on December 5th, 1945 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Katsav

December 5th, 1945

December 5th

12 + 5 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = his personal year (from December 5th, 2010 to December 4th, 2011) = Conscience.  Resolutions.  Turning point.  Judgement.  Contrition.  Reparations.  Making amends.  Restitution.  Confirm.  Approve.  Recommend.  Appeals.  Resolutions.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Court.  Accuse.  Accusations.  Charges.  Plea.  Bail.  Trial.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Sentencing.  Judges.  Adjudicate.  Preside.  Pound.  Gavel.  Guilt.  Punishment. 

20 year + 12 (December) = 32 = his personal month (from December 5th, 2010 to January 4th, 2011)

32 month + 30 (30th of the month on Thursday December 30th, 2010) = 62 = his personal day = Incarceration.

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September 3, 2010 3:35 PM

Rachel Wade, the teenage girl who murdered her romantic rival, Sarah Ludemann, was sentenced Friday in a Florida courtroom to 27 years in prison. 

According to the St. Petersburg Times, Judge Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph A. Bulone said that Wade had “caused a lot of pain” before handing down the sentence.

Wade, now 20, was found guilty of second-degree murder on July 23. The jury deliberated for less than three hours, before siding with prosecutors, who argued that Wade had murdered the 18-year-old Ludemann in April 2009 because the two were involved with same young man, Joshua Camacho.

The state maintained that Wade murdered her nemesis, then sat back as Ludemann was dying and asked Pinellas Park police officers for a cigarette.

Prosecutor Wesley Dicus described the stabbing as so violent that the knife blade was bent.

Wade’s attorney, Jay Hebert, maintained that his client acted in self defense,  saying that on the night of the murder, Ludemann and her friends were on their way to “jump” Wade. Months and months of vicious taunts and bickering came to a head, he explained, and it was Ludemann, not Wade, who started the fatal fight.

During his closing argument, Hebert told the jury, “Sarah was the aggressor. They couldn’t stop her. She went looking for Rachel that night.”

Wade and Ludemann were both dating the same young man in a twisted and drama-filled love triangle that lasted for months.

There had been numerous confrontations between the girls.

The most damning evidence from the trial was a collection of threatening voice mail messages from Rachel to Sarah.

Rachel is heard saying, “Please tell me Sarah why you would be a dumb-a** c**t and put a brand new picture of you and Josh at the beach on your MySpace. Seriously, I told you to watch your f***ing back and not to f***ing chill with him. I’m guaranteeing you that I’m going to f***ing murder you, I’m letting you know that now.”

The jury fell silent after the messages were played in court, and Rachel began crying.

from:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20015585-504083.html

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Sarah Ludemann

1       3

her primary  challenge = SL = 13 =

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Josh Camacho

1      3         6

 

his primary challenge = JC = 13 =

how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire = JO = 16 = Shocks.  Surprises.  Expect the unexpected.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Rachel Wade

913853 5145      44

her path of destiny = 44 = Chillin’.

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