Israeli supreme court upholds former president's verdict
Israel's supreme court Thursday upheld the verdict of a lower court, which had convicted former Israeli president Moshe Katsav of rape and sexual harassment of former office workers.
A woman only identified as A, who was Katsav's office manager, did not fabricate her accusations, the judges read, DPA reported.
A Tel Aviv court in March had sentenced the ex-president to seven years jail.
A grim-faced Katsav, 65, had earlier arrived at the Jerusalem court flanked by security guards and family members, as dozens of journalists watched his arrival. He later kissed and shook hands with supporters.
The supreme court ruling is the end of a more than five-year saga, which erupted when a former office manager was the first to complain to the police. Others followed.
Katsav was convicted in December on two counts of rape against one woman and sexually harassing two other women who worked for him when he was a cabinet minister and later president.
He was to have entered prison on May 8, but appealed. The appeal opened in August.