Former President Moshe Katsav,
who is serving a seven-year sentence for two counts
of rape and other sex offences, has filed a special request with the Prison Service asking permission to attend his grandson's Bar Mitzva on Tuesday. The IPS
said the request is under review.
Just three weeks ago, Katsav, who never expressed remorse over his actions, took his first 24-hour prison leave
The former president was greeted outside the prison by his brother Lior
who told reporters: "Moshe Katsav has been wronged. We honor the court's ruling, but many legal minds know the severity of the injustice.
He was accused of things that never happened. The fight for his innocence will go on, the truth will come out. He gave his whole life for the country and for society.
The Israel Prison Service said that Katsav meets all three criteria for a leave: Completing a quarter of his sentence, passing a mental health center evaluation and attending a workshop on sexual crimes in prison.
Katsav has been serving a seven-year sentence since December 2011 following his conviction on two counts of rape, indecent acts, sexual harassment and obstruction of justice. A year and a half a go he was allowed to leave prison for eight hours in order to attend his son's wedding.
He has filed a request for pardon from President Shimon Peres despite never admitting to his crimes or expressing regret.
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