The police are expected to recommend in the coming days that President Moshe Katsav be indicted, Ynet learned Thursday evening.
The State Prosecutor's Office is expected to receive the investigation material regarding the presidential affairs, and legal sources believe that after the recommendation is submitted, the president would be forced to make decisions.
After the material is received, the State Prosecutor's Office will have to make a quick decision on whether to indict Katsav. In the meantime, no decision has been made, as the evidence has not been fully examined.
During the president's investigation on suspicion of committing sex offenses, police sources told Ynet
that it appears there will be no other option but to put him on trial, mainly because of the large number of complaints.
They added that there allegedly is enough evidence for three indictments, but the legal situation makes it difficult to put the president on trial unless no longer serves as president.
Following the probe, the dispute heated up over whether the president should participate in the upcoming induction of the Knesset’s winter parliamentary session. The disagreement might solve itself, however, if and when the police issue a recommendation that Katsav stand trial.
Katsav himself is putting on “business as usual” airs and is continuing to manage his affairs despite the heavy cloud of allegations hovering over him.
Last Thursday, Katsav swore in Justice Eliezer Rivlin as vice president of the Supreme Court in a formal ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. A week earlier, however, Katsav took a day-long leave of absence and skirted participating in the swearing in of Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinish.
This week, sources familiar with the investigation told Ynet that there was evidence supporting three charges against Katsav, for sexual offenses, wiretapping, and breach of faith. With that, the sources noted that the investigative team was laboring to finish collecting evidence on the latter two charges.