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Former Israeli President Indicted on Rape Charges


Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been indicted on charges of rape and other sexual offenses.

The indictment filed Thursday in a Tel Aviv court accused Mr. Katsav of raping a woman who once worked for him, in addition to sexual harassment charges involving two other former female employees.

The indictment said the women worked for Mr. Katsav while he was Israel's Tourism Minister in the 1990s, and president earlier this decade.

Mr. Katsav resigned shortly before his term ended in 2007 at the end of his presidential term, under a plea bargain that would have required him to admit to lesser charges of sexual misconduct. He withdrew from the agreement last April and so he could stand trial in hopes of clearing his name.

He has vigorously denied the charges facing him.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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