Israel’s Moshe Katsav to be freed on parole

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav is to be freed on parole five years after being jailed for rape. An Israeli parole board ruled on Sunday that Katsav, 71, could walk free next week after serving five of his seven-year term. Two previous parole requests had been rejected. Katsav resigned from the largely ceremonial post in 2007 after being charged with rape and sexual harassment. He has repeatedly professed his innocence. Katsav’s lawyer, Zion Amir, said his client burst into tears on hearing the news. “It was a very long journey,”…

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