Former President Moshe Katsav, who was released from prison early on good behavior, is now seeking to improve the terms of his release. As a prisoner who was released early, he is not permitted to leave the country, nor may he speak with the media. He is also required to continue his rehab program, which includes daily participation in a Kiryat Malachi beis medrash program. There are other restrictions as well.
After realizing former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who was released early from prison too, does not have these same restrictions, Katsav has turned to President Reuven Rivlin to remove the restrictions on his release. Following Olmert’s release, he was pardoned and this lifted the restrictions, which did not occur in Katsav’s case.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)