President Reuven Rivlin is facing a politically delicate situation when he soon will be forced to decide whether or not to grant clemency to former president Moshe Katzav, currently serving a prison term for rape and other sexual offenses.
The president’s office issued a statement Sunday saying no formal request has yet been received, but that if and when it is, the president will give the request the same due consideration he gives all such requests, and will consult with all the relevant authorities.
Katzav has never acknowledged his guilt despite his conviction on the charges, nor has he ever expressed remorse.
He was denied early parole on April 6 after applying to the parole board earlier this year.
The parole board committee stated at the time, “The prisoner views himself as a victim. He is blaming external factors for his situation, still conducting himself in an aggressive manner and is self-centered, focusing on his own needs and losses and on the price he and his family have paid.
“Even in response to our questions, the prisoner did not show regret or empathy for his victims, and continued to mention the heavy price he paid and continues to pay.”
He is serving a seven-year sentence after his conviction in 2010 on charges of rape, sexual harassment and indecent assault.Hana Levi Julian