Katsav did not report the harrassment
Photo: Avi Rokach

Katsav threatened in prison

Five inmates caught threatening former president: 'Don't go to the canteen, we'll get you'. Perpetrators punished with loss of privileges

Former president Moshe Katsav has become a target of other inmates at the Maasiyahu Prison, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.


According to residents of the prison's religious wing, for three nights shouts and insults were aimed at the former president by inmates of the adjacent wing. Five prisoners have been disciplined in the matter and had their privileges revoked.


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The shouts began one evening last week. According to one prisoner, Katsav with sitting in the religious wing when prisoners next door began swearing at him, calling his name and hurling sexual insults and threats.


Katsav returns to prison after his son's recent wedding (Photo: Yaron Brenner)


"Katsav, we'll catch you in the canteen and get even… you shouldn't go to the canteen," they reportedly shouted.


Prisoners say that Katsav was embarrassed and didn't know how to respond.


Relatives of the former president said Thursday that he had not reported the incident, and that they heard about it from other prisoners. "We are very worried that these curses and insults that accompanied threats will become deeds," they said.  


Nevertheless, guards in the religious wing heard the shouts and threats and reported them to intelligence officials in the Israel Prisons Service, who identified the guilty parties.


The officials checked whether during his term as president Katsav had denied any of them clemency, but there was no indication that that was the case.



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