Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who was convicted of rape and served 5 year sentence in prison, appealed to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a request to lift the restrictions he is under since his release 8 months ago.

Moshe Katsav

Moshe Katsav Photo Credit: Flash90/Kobi Gideon

Former Israeli president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav recently appealed to current Israeli President Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin in a request to ease the restrictions he is under since he was released from prison at the end of a 5-year period.

Katsav was released 8 months ago but due to his early release, he is under house arrest at night and must go to group therapy for the rehabilitation of sex offenders as well as one-on-one treatment, in addition to other requirements.

After former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s early release restrictions were lifted by Rivlin, Katsav appealed to the president with a similar request. However, after the President’s Bureau extended the review period of the request, Katsav turned to his attorney, Zion Amir, as well as the Israel Police commissioner and Rivlin in a second request to accelerate the decision-making process.

“The decision (to pardon Olmert) was made due to the great suffering he underwent and his descent from a high position to a ‘deep well’ (low position),” wrote Amir in the official appeal. “Katsav served 5 years in prison, a term that justifies certain considerations and mercy. His behavior in prison was described as excellent and since his release, Katsav is under heavy restrictions. We think that his continuous 11-year long daily suffering must end.”