The Israel Prisons Service Parole Board will convene again this December in order to discuss once more the request to shorten the sentence of former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who was convicted of rape. Katsav’s previous request was unanimously denied last August.
Moshe Katsav Photo Credit: Nati Shochat / Flash 90 / Channel 2 News
The Israel Prisons Service Parole Board will gather at the beginning of December to once again discuss the request of Moshe Katsav, the former Israeli president, to shorten his sentence. This is the third time Katsav has appealed to the Parole Board in order to shorten his sentence even though he hasn’t participated in a rehabilitation program or shown remorse for his actions.
In August, the Parole Board made a unanimous decision not to shorten Katsav’s sentence. In their decision, the board members emphasized that “the beginning of therapy should be within prison walls” and it is a mistake to test the effects of therapy only after being released from jail. The board members added that they are convinced Katsav is “ready to begin the therapy process and has started to understand the problems regarding his behavior in the past.”
After the denial of his previous request, Katsav said to his close associates: “I’m under the impression that only when my bloody corpse will be seen throughout the streets, they’ll let go of me. I agreed to all the terms and conditions with which I was faced. They never offered me a therapeutic program inside the prison that I refused. I don’t know how to gather the pieces. I’m completely desperate and broken.”
Following the Parole Board’s decision to deny his client’s request, Katsav’s attorney Zion Amir clarified that it’s his intention to appeal the decision: “This is a sad and harsh day, a day of defiling the principle of equality in the face of the law. This is an unfair decision and the issue will be settled in the district court.” Amir even accused several female MKs of trying to affect the decision and attempting to contact members of the Parole Board.
Following Katsav’s statement to his friends and due to the signs of a decline in his mental health, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) decided to increase the security around him, fearing he might attempt to take his life. Since the decision to deny him parole, a guard has been assigned to watch him at all hours, keeping an eye on him until an improvement in his mental state is noticed.