Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has denied former President Moshe Katsav’s request to ease his early release conditions. Rivlin stated that his release was only approved under these conditions and therefore they cannot be removed.

Katsav and Rivlin

Katsav and Rivlin Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/Hadas Parush/Flash 90

On Sunday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin decided not to ease former President Moshe Katsav’s early release terms. Rivlin explained that the parole board only approved Katsav’s early release contingent on these conditions, which include an intense rehabilitation program. The Israeli president stated that under these circumstances and due to the nature of Katsav’s crimes, there is no leeway to accept his request.

In April, the parole board rejected Katsav’s request to remove his early release conditions, stating that the alternative treatment plan that he presented was insufficient. Katsav, who served as the 8th president of Israel, was convicted of sex crimes and obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay compensation to his victims. Katsav was released eight months ago under strict conditions after five years in prison. Some of his early release conditions include attending a therapy group for sex offenders and going to one-on-one therapy once a week.