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High Court appeal: Order Katsav to resign
Attorney Yossi Fuchs appeals to High Court demanding that president be ordered to resign or suspend himself until conclusion of investigation against him over alleged sexual offenses

Attorney Yossi Fuchs has appealed to the High Court demanding that President Moshe Katsav be ordered to resign or suspend himself until the conclusion of the investigation against him.

 

Fuchs requested that the court issue an interim order that would prevent Katsav from attending the opening of the Knesset’s winter session on Monday.

 

Katsav is expected to attend the session but will apparently not address the plenum, marking the first time in Israel’s history that a serving president does not deliver a speech at the opening of the winter session.

 

MKs Yoram Marciano, Shelly Yacimovich and Ruhama Avraham threatened to leave the plenum in protest should Katsav deliver a speech.

 

Ynet recently reported that Katsav’s name was “mistakenly” omitted from the guest list for the opening of the winter session.

 

On Sunday police will transfer the results of their investigation on Katsav to the State Prosecutor's Office. Their impression of the case is clear cut: There is evidence to support indicting the president for sexual offenses.

 

Sunday afternoon, the head of the investigation and intelligence branch of the police Maj. General Yohanan Danino will meet with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.

 

The head of the Katsav investigation Brig. General Yoav Segalovitch and State Prosecutor Eran Shendar will also attend the meeting in which the two police officers will present their evidence to the attorneys.

 

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