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Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav to serve 7 years for rape

Uriel Sinai / Reuters

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, left, is hugged before the reading of his verdict at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Israel, on November 10. Katsav raped a former aide and molested two other women who worked for him, Israel's Supreme Court said on Thursday, upholding his conviction in a lower court and a seven-year jail term.

Uriel Sinai / Reuters

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav enters the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on November 10.

Uriel Sinai / Reuters

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav speaks with a supporter before the reading of his verdict at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on November 10.

The AP reports from JERUSALEM:

Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former President Moshe Katsav to spend seven years in prison after rejecting the disgraced politician's appeal of a rape conviction and other sex crimes.

The unanimous decision of the three-judge panel capped a long and sordid chapter in Israeli politics that captured the country's attention for more than five years and ended with Katsav becoming the highest-ranking Israeli official ever sentenced to prison. Continue reading.