Katsav leaves for first prison furlough


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault, was granted his first prison furlough.

Katsav left the Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle on Monday for his 24-hour leave, which he will spend under house arrest with his family. He reportedly also will be allowed to attend synagogue.

The former president entered prison in December 2011. A year-and-a-half ago he left prison for eight hours to attend his son’s wedding.

Katsav passed a mental health center evaluation in prison and attended a workshop on sexual crimes  in order to be eligible for the furlough.



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