Ex-Israeli President Charged

The Israeli government sex scandal is moving to the courts: Former President Moshe Katsav is being indicted for rape and indecent acts, among other alleged sexual offenses. Katsav, first accused of assaulting female staffers in 2006 while serving in the Tourism Ministry, stepped down from the presidency in July 2007 amid controversy over further allegations. The former president had agreed to a plea bargain a month earlier to get the rape charge dropped in return for a guilty plea to sexual harassment and indecent acts, but last April he changed his mind, saying he preferred to stand trial. Israel’s attorney general announced today Katsav also will be charged with obstruction of justice.