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Israel's President Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations


Israeli President Moshe Katsav has dismissed calls for his resignation, after allegations that he sexually harassed two former employees.

In a radio interview Saturday, Mr. Katsav, 61, denied the allegations, saying he is being "lynched" before any police investigation can be completed. He said he will not step aside.

Israeli police have been questioning Mr. Katsav about the accusations. On Monday, authorities took computers and documents from the president's official residence in Jerusalem.

This is the first time an Israeli president has been involved in a sexual-harassment case. Mr. Katsav is a member of the right-wing Likud party and previously served as a government minister.

Under Israeli law, the president is immune from prosecution, but Israel's parliament could vote to remove him from office.

Israel's justice minister also is facing sexual harassment allegations. Haim Ramon resigned his post last week and was indicted this week. He says he will refute the accusations.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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