Again, the legal system is stumbling through another scandal. This time its our Ex-Pantless President, the one that was charged with rape of several women. Menachem Mazuz (Mennie), Israel’s Attorney General agreed to plea down the rape charges to an indecent behavior charge against a subordinate. This came as a surprise to the main witness, defendant A as she is known, and victim in the case which was completely removed from this new deal and doesn’t even appear in the new indictment.
Haaretz: Katsav is accused of having twice raped a former Tourism Ministry employee while serving as tourism minister, and of forcibly hugging her and touching her leg, which is classified as indecent behavior. The indictment will include an indecent behavior charge, but Katsav will not be charged with using force – only with taking advantage of his position of authority, a lighter offense.
Katzav’s legal team apparently brought forward a 120 page document that made Mazuz agree to the plea bargain causing people to now speculate about this case. A large majority of people feel that something “stinks” about this plea bargain. Either the evidence that was brought forward was very convincing (apparently discrediting the witnesses) or this is a case of special treatment given to Katzav..
In both cases the Justice Department and Mazuz are once again looking incompetent. For one thing the initial feeding frenzy and very severe charges publicly made by Mennie Mazuz himself, should have been made with a more level head and using better judgment. As you recall there was a “fire and brimstone” speech by Katzav where he basically lashed out against the media and the prosecutors, charging them with conducting a witch hunt. Based on these new reduced charges and the big reversal of the Public Attorney would this mean he was right? After all, he is going to walk away with no rape charges at all, no admittance of guilt of any kind, and what amounts to an unlawful kiss…
Right now defendant A is trying to stop the Press Conference by appealing to the Supreme Court for a stop order. The press conference is due in the next few hours where details will be announced by Mazuz and Katzav’s lawyers.