The judges made the announcement following an appeal from the press.
After the sentence is given, the judges say, they will clear for publication most of Katsav's testimony in order to "give a clearer picture reflecting the testimony as it was voiced during the trial".
They explained that the sentencing hearing would not be made public, despite the fact that the prosecution was not opposed to the move, in order to protect the complainants in the case.
The judges say that the offer to close off the hearing only when the complainant is present "is unpractical and does not promise full defense from invasion of the complainants' privacy and the exposure of their
identities. A simple mistake or slip of the tongue… may severely harm one of the complainants."
The complainants' testimonies will not be cleared for publication either, the judges say. However the testimonies of other witnesses will be cleared after the sentencing process is finished.
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