The beginning of the affair
The affair began in July when Katsav complained to the attorney general that he was being blackmailed by A who, he said, was falsely accusing him of sexual wrongdoing.
Mazuz ordered an investigation, which was closely monitored by the attorney general and State Prosecutor Eran Shendar. The investigatory team, headed by top police officer Yoav Segalovitch, submitted its findings in October..
The indictment had been delayed for several weeks as a number of state prosecutors believed that there was not enough evidence to charge Katsav with rape and that the prosecution would have to settle for lesser charges. Others argued that there was sufficient evidence, and this was the position ultimately accepted by Mazuz.
A history of the affair, from Katsav's complaint of blackmail to Mazuz's decision to indict
Moshe Katsav was elected president in a surprise upset over Shimon Peres in the summer of 2000. Some six years later, he surprised the nation again, this time with a sex scandal.
Mazuz opened an investigation to determine the veracity of A's complaints. As the investigation progressed, more women came forward, claiming that Katsav had harassed them at various times throughout his public career.
Although Katsav continued to refute all of the complaints, the tide of public opinion against the president grew.
Many people, including Knesset Member Shelly Yacimovich, called on Katsav to resign, or at least suspend himself from public appearances. The president suspended himself temporarily for the induction ceremony of Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch in September.
Nonetheless, some prosecutors believed that there was not enough evidence to indict the president on a charge as severe as rape. It was this internal dissent that delayed Mazuz's final decision.
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