Katsav convicted, how about our VVIPs?

 

Moshe Katsav

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was found guilty for rape charges by Tel Aviv District Court and convicted. He faces a jail sentence between 4 to 16 years for this despicable crime.

Haaretz has the story:

‘Katsav lied, manipulated and withheld information’

Tel Aviv court judges say former president’s defense was riddled with lies all along, used edited tapes, prepared testimonies; Katsav found guilty of two counts of rape and other abuses.

By Ofra EdelmanTags: Israel news

Former President Moshe Katsav’s defense was riddled with lies, according to a court ruling by the judges of the Tel Aviv District Court  on Thursday, who found Katsav guilty of rape and sexual abuse.

Katsav was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting A., a former employee at the Tourism Ministry. He was also convicted of sexually harassing H. from the President’s Residence, of sexually abusing and harassing L. from the President’s Residence and of obstruction of justice.

According to the court verdict, the judges found that Katsav used edited tapes, partial transcripts, unrealistic datebooks, unfounded statements, and prepared testimonies as part of his court defense.

The judges also found that his testimony was “riddled with lies” and that all along, Katsav  “excelled in manipulation and withholding information.”

One of the more serious problems in Katsav’s defense was that he presented the court with edited tapes, which manipulated documented conversations between A. and Katsav’s insider, Uri Yoeli, about the possibility of A. returning to work for Katsav.

Moshe Katsav Former President Moshe Katsav arrives to hear the verdict in his rape trial at Tel Aviv District Court, December 30, 2010.
Photo by: Tal Cohen

The tapes were presented by the defense as evidence that A. was intending to return to work for Katsav after the date of the claimed rape and that for this reason it would not have been probable that A. was actually raped by Katsav.

The judges wrote in the verdict that in the disc of the recordings, “there are only seven conversations, which were taken out of context, and anyone who listens to them can understand that we are dealing with a work of ‘editing and revising’.”

They added that during Katsav’s previous hearing at the attorney’s office, his lawyers only presented a printed transcript of the recordings, in a way that the prosecution could not know that they were only a small part of a long line of conversations which underwent heavy editing and revision.

The judges listed many instances where Katsav lied in order to better his defense. Several examples noted by the judges were that Katsav claimed he fired A. during the Likud primaries when later it was found out he fired her afterwards, as well as Katsav lying to the court regarding attending a particular meeting and then being forced to admit otherwise when it was mentioned in a document presented to the court.

The judges wrote that Katsav reached an ultimate low when he used his late father’s memorial ceremony, which A. also attended, for his defense by lying and saying that the ceremony took place in May in order to show that it would not have made sense that A. was raped in April and then came to his father’s memorial a month afterwards.

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That is very decisive on the Israelis against their own leader. Especially when Katsav was said to have lied. The rape victim was his own employee.

So how about our VVIPs?

Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is being charged in a Kuala Lumpur Criminal Court of sodomising his aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Not only he broke the law of having an anal sexual intercourse, he also should be charged for sexual harassment for getting his subordinate to do sexual acts with him.

So far, despite the case had been on trial since 2009, not much progress have been recorded. This is because the accused defense team already succeeded to delay the case 23 times. Malaysians are already impatient to see the outcome of the case which already saw the defense team requested the trial judge to recuse himself from hearing the case, twice. The victim’s father Azlan Mohd. Lazim resorted to request from His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong to intervene and case be expedited.

As they say, “Just delayed is justice denied”.

Then there is this recent bloggosphere sensation of “A VVIP raping his maid in 2007”. That warrants a thorough investigation too. If the member of  His Majesty’s Government is guilty, then he should face the music and subjected through the due process to the limit of the law. Otherwise, his good name should be emancipated from being tarnished with false report made by an NGO.

We have the Federation of Malaysia Constitution. We practice the concept of ‘Rule of Law’. Its time the law prevails on VVIPs, for the sake of the rakyat.

 

 

Published in: on December 30, 2010 at 23:45  Comments (1)