Israel top court rejects ex-president's appeal

By the Associated Press | November 10, 2011 | 3:00 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media are reporting that the country's Supreme Court has rejected former President Moshe Katsav's appeal of his rape conviction, clearing the way for him to go to prison.

Katsav was convicted last December of raping a former employee when he was a Cabinet minister and of sexually harassing two other women during his term as president.

The court had let him stay out of jail pending his appeal.

The justices were still reading their decision as the media reported the ruling on Thursday,

Details on Katsav's prison term have not been announced.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court is to decide whether former President Moshe Katsav will be going to prison for raping a former employee.

Katsav was convicted in December and was scheduled to begin his sentence in May. But the court let him stay out of prison pending the appeal.

The ruling is expected later Thursday. The former president has no other legal recourse.

Katsav was found guilty of raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister in 1998 and of sexual harassing of two other women when he was president from 2000 to 2007.

He was sentenced in March, becoming the country's highest ranking official ever ordered to prison.

The 65-year-old Katsav has denied the charges and claims he is being persecuted by political enemies.