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Monday, May 21, 2012
Jerusalem - Jailed Israeli President Freed Briefly for Son's Wedding
Katsav and his new daughter-in-law Orly
Former president leaves Maasiyahu Prison for first time in five and a half months to attend son Noam's wedding; will return to prison Sunday night
Jerusalem - A prison spokeswoman says Israel’s jailed former president has been freed for a few hours to attend his son’s wedding.
Police granted his request and extended his seven-hour leave to 8.5 hours.
Spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Moshe Katsav was granted a seven-hour furlough on Sunday. She said he was let out unattended and needs to be back at prison by midnight.
“A psychiatric evaluation determined that he is not dangerous,” she said.
Katsav, 66, was jailed in December after being convicted of raping a former female employee when he was a minister and of sexually harassing two other women when he was president from 2000 to 2007.
Katsav has repeatedly professed his innocence and claims he is a victim of a political witch hunt.
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