Ex-President Moshe Katsav Goes Free After 5 Years In Jail

Former president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav was released from
Ma’asiyahu Prison on Wednesday after the State Prosecution said it would
not appeal Sunday’s parole board decision to free him. He had served
five years of a seven-year jail sentence.

A smiling Katsav, flanked by his wife Gila and other supporters,
appeared at the gate of the central Israel prison at around 4 p.m.
Jostled by the crowd of waiting reporters, the disgraced Likud
politician got into a car and drove away without speaking.

He later received a hero’s welcome in his home town of Kiryat Malachi,
where cheering crowds rushed to embrace him — even knocking the blue and
white large knitted kippa off his head in the excitement.