Monday, March 23, 2009

A Legal Eagle Opinion on the Katsav Rape Indictment

The indictment against former president Moshe Katsav has been through unprecedented reversals - from almost negligible charges under a plea bargain, to an indictment for rape, the most serious sexual crime.

This glaring discrepancy would justify the court in considering a preliminary argument, the "natural justice defense," which entitles it to cancel an indictment if either the indictment itself or the conduct of the trial seems to "fundamentally contradict" the principles of justice or the right to a fair trial...

...The process that led up to this trial, before the indictment was finalized, has been revealed in all its weakness. The court thus faces a very sensitive task in conducting the trial - publicly, insofar as is possible - that will decide serious crimes case 1015/09: The State of Israel vs. Moshe Katsav.

Ze'ev Segal

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