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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Israeli President Charged With Rape

JERUSALEM -- Prosecutors intend to charge Israeli President Moshe Katsav with rape and other crimes against female employees, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday, in what would be an unprecedented indictment against an Israeli head of state.

Katsav's post is largely ceremonial and the scandal was unlikely to have a direct impact on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has been stung politically by a string of investigations into suspected corruption, which he has denied.

But the case against Katsav, months in the making, appeared certain to strengthen the feeling among many Israelis that misconduct is rampant at the top.

Katsav has denied wrongdoing in a scandal that erupted last year when several former staffers filed complaints with police, accusing him of sex crimes.

The ministry said an indictment would include the charge of raping one of the four women who accused Katsav of sexual assault.